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Announcing The Greats 2021 Finalists!

After a nail-biting few months, the retailer finalists of the Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2021 have been announced today (July 5)! The finalists in the Best Service and Best Gift Supplier Marketing categories will be announced shortly.

Greats 2021 logo cmyk“Entrants and nominees exceeded expectations, with the pandemic challenging all retailers to really up their game, especially while the doors were closed,” commented Sue Marks editor of Progressive Gift & Home/, which owns and organises The Greats. “Gift shop owners magnificently rose to the challenge, showing their resilience and their resourcefulness in finding ways to go on trading successfully. The bar has been set very high this year, and every one of our finalists excelled in their category.”

All winners, to include the winner of the prestigious Honorary Achievement award, will be revealed at a live, glittering lunch and afternoon event to be held on Thursday September 23 at the historic Honourable Artillery Club (HAC) in London, with all strands of the gift industry invited to share in this exciting, very special day for the gift and home industry.

The Greats 2021 finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Retail Employee Of The Year 2021

Lindsay Freeman, senior sales assistant, Cornucopia, Worcester

Kirsty Hammond, manager, No.14 Ampthill

Alex Kirkham, manager, The Barn at The Hollies, Little Budworth

Sarah Laurence, manager, MiMi, Hartley Wintney

Jo Pepper, stock control, Lister Interiors, Chester, Llandudno and Shrewsbury

Paula Zielinska, assistant manager, Highworth Emporium, Highworth


Independent Retailer of the Year – Midlands & Wales

Cornucopia, Worcester

Daisy Chain, Stratford upon Avon

Maddison, Harborne

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley & Stourport on Severn

Nest, Broughton Abbey and Thurlaston Garden Centre and Tea Room

Penelope Primrose, Builth Wells


Independent Retailer of the Year – Scotland

Bonkers, Edinburgh and St Andrews

The Herbary, Troon

JP Pozzi/Bijou, Buckie and Elgin

Old School Beauly, Beauly

Original Artists, Gourock

Spirito, Glasgow


Independent Retailer of the Year – North and Northern Ireland

Doodle & Boom, Bangor

Flamingo Gifts, Kendal

The Pier Gifts & Home, Blackpool

Robert & Ruby, Helmsley

Sophie Likes, Harrogate

Within Reason, Sheffield


Independent Retailer of the Year – South West

Jo Amor, Tiverton

Highworth Emporium, Highworth

The Inner Yard, Devizes

Kondi Gifts, Bristol

Out Of The Blue, Totnes

Papilio at Heritage, Bristol


Independent Retailer of the Year – East Anglia

Amore and Dzo Dzo, Woodbridge

Daisy Lanes, Rayleigh

Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

Lovely Libby’s & Olive Branch, Billericay, Brentwood and Rayleigh

LoveOne, Ipswich

Ruby and the Angel and Ruby and the Angel ECO, Debenham


Independent Retailer of the Year – London

The Indigo Tree, Crystal Palace and Streatham

InSpitalfields, Spitalfields

Jumping Bean, Beckenham and Honor Oak

Mooch, Ealing (3 stores)

Wishlist, Raynes Park


Independent Retailer of the Year – Home Counties, South & South East

Alligator Pear, Tadworth

Lily’s Attic, Witney

Lulu Loves Home, Stubbington

Moda, Folkestone

No 14 Ampthill, Ampthill

WOW, Hythe


Best Newcomer – Midlands, North and Scotland

Henry & Co, Ormskirk

Jessica Hogarth Shop, Robin Hood’s Bay

Inger & Rae, Harrogate

Keepsakes Scotland, Inverness, Loch Lomond and Pitlochry

The Little Christmas Shop, Ironbridge

Nutshell, Stirling


Best Newcomer – South & Wales

The Bean Hive and The Bean Hive By The Sea, Kettering and Falmouth

Frankly, Bristol

Gifts of Wales, Welshpool

Just Love Studio, Hook

Maybugs, Hailsham

The St Ives Co, St Ives


Best Specialist Multiple

Brocante (5 shops)

Cilla and Camilla (4 shops)

Lark London (7 shops)

Mooch (5 shops)

Time and Tide (7 shops)

Vinegar Hill (10 shops)


Best Department Store

Barkers and Barkers Home, Northallerton


John Lewis & Partners

Morleys Group

Nicholls, Abergavenny, Brecon, Brecon Country, Crickhowell

Roys of Wroxham, Wroxham


Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts

Bert’s Homestore, Brighton, Worthing and Hove

Bury Lane Farm Shop, Royston


Loch Levens Larder, Kinross

Oliver Bonas

Priory Farm Shop, Nutfield


Best Lifestyle or Homewares Retailer of Gifts

Angela Reed, Cambridge and Saffron Walden

Graham & Green, Bath, Bayswater, Notting Hill and Primrose Hill

Josies Interiors, Bideford

Lister Interiors, Chester, Llandudno and Shrewsbury

Perfectly Lovely Interiors, Taunton

The Rounded House, Oundle


Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories

The Bottom Drawer, Portadown

Cilla and Camilla, Beaminster

Natural Edge, Leigh-On-Sea

Mercado, Hampton Court

Mimi, Hartley Wintney

One Forty, Cranleigh


Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts

Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston

Blue Diamond Group

Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

Longacres Garden Centre Group

Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Sidcup

Yarnton Home and Garden, Yarnton


Best Museum or Visitor Attraction Shop

British Museum, London

Hever Castle, Hever

Longleat Safari Park, Longleat

Milestones Living History Museum, Basingstoke

Pensthorpe Natural Trust, Pensthorpe

Royal Museums, Greenwich


Best In Store or Window Display

Arrowsmiths, Broadstairs

Casa Fina, Salisbury

Dear Grace, Colchester

In Heaven at Home, Market Harborough

Omnipresent Gift Shop, Kinver

Robert & Ruby, Helmsley


Best Retailer Initiative

The Celtic Company, Welshpool, for its video appeal to the Welsh government

Highworth Emporium, Highworth, for its Freebie Friday initiative

Lark London, for its Pick and Go campaign

Lulu Loves Home, Stubbington, for its Rainbow Windows of Hope campaign

Magpie’s Nest, Stalybridge, for its Box of Happiness programme

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn, for Mooch Live


1-GREATS TROPHYTickets to the event are available from event organiser Clare Hollick e:; tel: 01183 340085 or direct from

 To read more about being at the hottest ticket on the gift industry’s calendar,

To date, the impressive line-up of Greats sponsors include (in alphabetical order): Candlelight; Carte Blanche Greetings (CBG); Gift Republic;; Gisela Graham; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies; Life Charms: Progressive Gifts & Home; Premier Decorations; Progressive Greetings Live; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair; Wrendale Designs and The Giftware Association.

For remaining sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jo Pilcher on 020 3764 1694 e:;

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