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Greats Winners On Cloud Nine

Having been crowned the winners of The Greats on Wednesday (May 15) at London’s glitzy Grosvenor House, there’s been a fantastic reaction from Greats award recipients.

“We are still buzzing and over the moon at our success!” exclaimed Louise Rolfe, owner of The Present in Barnet. “We are so touched and grateful, with the team planning a night out to celebrate!’

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Above: Louise Rolfe, owner of The Present, Barnet, was presented with the Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – London trophy by Jaqui Parr, marketing manager of Progressive Greetings Live, sponsors of this category. On the left is Greats compere Henry Paker.

At Joco Interiors in Nuneaton, owner Jo Williams told GiftsandHome.net: “We had an amazing day from start to finish. I was filming the finalists being announced and when my name was called out I was in utter shock, threw my phone to my mum and nervously made my way to the stage. Now I can’t stop smiling. I’ve received countless messages and our social media lit up throughout the night with amazing comments.”

Above: Jo Williams, owner of Joco Interiors, received the Midlands & Wales Greats trophy from Simon Anslow, exhibition organiser, Christmas & Gift, category sponsors.
Above: Jo Williams, owner of Joco Interiors, received the Midlands & Wales Greats trophy from Simon Anslow, (right), exhibition organiser, Christmas & Gift, category sponsors.

Up in Scotland, the owner of Spirito in Glasgow, Denise Laird, enthused: “It is such a fantastic honour to be the winner of The Greats 2019 Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland category. First thing yesterday morning (Thursday May 16), I took the award down to the shop to show it off, and the staff and our customers were absolutely thrilled that we’d won. It’s taken pride of place for everyone to see and enjoy. Without them it would have never been possible.”

Lincoln Exley, managing director of category sponsor Allsorted, presented Denise Laird, owner of Spirito in Glasgow, with the Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland trophy.
Lincoln Exley, (right), director of category sponsor Allsorted, presented Denise Laird, owner of Spirito in Glasgow, with the Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland trophy.

“We were grinning all the way home,” admitted Mark Ellis, head of visitor experience at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, winners of the Best Museums or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop category. “I think there was a moment of disbelief when we heard our name called out at the awards ceremony, but this was soon replaced with a sense of pride that we had been recognised in such a manner by those within our own industry.  We are delighted to have won the award and will use this to inspire us to even greater performance in the future”.

Above: Mark Alexander, retail manager of the National Memorial Arboretum, was presented with the Best Museums or Visitor Attractopm Gift Shop trophy Greats trophy by Peter Goodman of Heritage Art and Design, sponsors of the category.
Above: Mark Alexander, retail manager of the National Memorial Arboretum, was presented with the Best Museums or Visitor Attractopm Gift Shop trophy Greats trophy by Peter Goodman of Heritage Art and Design, sponsors of the category.

Also ecstatic were the team from Joe Davies, which won the Best Service to the Independent Retailer award. “Our success this year is particularly special as we are celebrating our 100th year of serving the independent retailer, and for our customers to vote for us in this way makes everyone at Joe Davies feel incredibly proud.”

Above: The Joe Davies team went up on stage to collect the prestigious Gold award in the Best Service to the Independent Retailer category.
Above: The Joe Davies team went up on stage to collect the prestigious Gold award in the Best Service to the Independent Retailer category which was presented by Rob Willis, director and co-owner of GiftsandHome.net, the category sponsor.

The Greats Gift Retailer Awards are open to all gift retailers and gift departments. Details of The Greats Awards 2020 will be announced later this year.

Visit www.thegreatsawards.co.uk

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