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Looking To The Future – The Greats 2020

Max Publishing/Progressive Gifts & Home, organisers of The Greats Gift Retailer Awards, has recently confirmed that the awards event will be moving to a brand new date – Wednesday 30 September 2020, at the same lovely venue, London’s Honourable Artillery Club (HAC), as originally planned. (The Awards had been scheduled to take place on May 13).

Whilst there is much anxiety and anguish in the world at present, the recent retailer round-table also showed that many are using the power of positivity to focus on the future and the exciting times that lay ahead. GiftsandHome.net/Progressive Gifts & Home magazine – plus its sister titles – is doing everything possible to share the latest news and updates, bring people together to discuss the current ground and indeed look for positivity in the future.

Indeed one such positive date for your diary is The Greats 2020 – the UK gift sector’s annual celebration of gift retailing. Following the finalists announcement in early March, retailers have been planning their attendance with a view to having a something celebratory to look forward to. (Tickets remain available and are of course fully refundable should the situation change).

The Greats 2020 finalists are:

RETAIL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR 2020
Ella Bradbury, shop manager, Forget Me Not, Stubbington
Rita Huston, manager, Paprika, Chippenham
Alex Kirkham, manager, The Barn at The Hollies
Ellie Kennedy-Walker, manager, Hand Picked by Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith
Gina Pratt, sales advisor and assistant merchandiser, Orange Tree, Darts Farm, Topsham
Touhi Prime, area manager, Lark London

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – LONDON (INSIDE M25)
The Indigo Tree, Streatham and Crystal Palace
InSpitalfields, Spitalfields Market
Northwood Cards and Gifts, Northwood
The Ark, Stoke Newington
Temptation, Temple Fortune
W. A. Green, Shoreditch

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – HOME COUNTIES, SOUTH & SOUTH EAST
All About Rose, Thame
Alligator Pear, Tadworth
Bay Tree Gifts, West Wickham
Five and Dime, Hertford
Metalyka, Stony Stratford and Leighton Buzzard
Zest, Crowborough

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – EAST ANGLIA
Abigails Lifestyle, Ingatestone
Ark, Cambridge
Amore, Woodbridge
Bells of Suffolk, Bungay
Buy The Light, Bury St Edmunds
Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – MIDLANDS & WALES
The Celtic Company, Welshpool
Chi Chi Gifts, Lickey
Ian Snow, Machynlleth
Joco, Nuneaton
MOOCH, Olney, St Giles Street, and Towcester (concession: Bell)
Wonder Stuff, Treorchy

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – SOUTH WEST
The Cats Whiskers, Bishops Cleeve; Polkadot, Keynsham
Cilla and Camilla, Beaminster, Bridport, Sherborne
Highworth Emporium, Highworth
Lulu Loves, Stubbington
Paprika, Bath and Chippenham
Swagger, Chipping Sodbury

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – NORTH & NORTHERN IRELAND
Brian Hunter, Limavady
Hand Picked By Henrietta, Chapel-En-Le-Frith
Hares & Graces, Hull
Kemps General Store, Malton and Whitby
Pure Inspiration, Ramsey
Within Reason, Sheffield

INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER OF THE YEAR – SCOTLAND
Ewe & Me + Ewe Too, Grantown on Spey
The Keekin’ Glass, Prestwick
The Old School Beauly, Beauly
Liquorice Tree Gifts, Glasgow
Pippin, Edinburgh
Starlings, Kirkwall

BEST NEWCOMER: SOUTH & WALES
Bill & Berts, Colchester
Ginger Nut, Lynton
HOLD, Brighton
Oliver’s Brighton, Brighton
Sunshine & Snow, Bideford
Raven Lifestyle, Tavistock

BEST NEWCOMER: MIDLANDS, NORTH & SCOTLAND
The Bean Hive, Kettering
The Dotty House, Gateshead
For The Love Of The North, Whitley Bay
Giftilicious with Thorntons, Nuneaton
Peony Lane Interiors, Wombourne
The Wild Ginger, Ansdell

BEST SPECIALIST MULTIPLE GIFT RETAILER
Between The Lines (15 stores)
Brocante (4 stores)
Gifted (4 stores)
Lark (5 stores)
Smart Ideas (7 stores)
Utility (4 stores)

BEST NON-SPECIALIST RETAILER OF GIFTS
Brodie Countryfare, Brodie
The Hollies, Little Budworth
La Cookshop, Seaton Burn
Lanerscost Tea Room, Abbey Farm,  Brampton
Loch Levens Larder, Kinross
Overton Gallery, Overton

BEST DEPARTMENT STORE RETAILER OF GIFTS
Atkinsons of Sheffield, Sheffield
Barkers Home, Northallerton
John Lewis & Partners
One Forty, Cranleigh
Selfridges, London
Strickland & Holt

BEST GIFT RETAILER OF JEWELLERY & FASHION ACCESSORIES
Bay Tree Gifts, Wickham
Bijou, Buckie
Greenwood & Co., Saintfield
Jewel, St Andrews
Medusa Gems, Southport
MiMi, Hartley Wintney and Wokingham

BEST LIFESTYLE OR HOMEWARES RETAILER OF GIFTS
Daisy Lanes, Rayleigh
Dear Grace, Colchester
The Emporium Interiors, Clitheroe
Orange Tree, Darts Farm, Topsham
Skinny Whistle, Quorn
White Rhino, Hastings

BEST GARDEN CENTRE RETAILER OF GIFTS
Bernaville Nurseries, Cowley Bridge
Blue Diamond Group
Klondyke Group
Longacres Group
Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Sidcup
Smith’s Garden Centre, New Denham

BEST MUSEUMS OR VISITOR ATTRACTION GIFT SHOP
Kew Garden Gift Shop, Kew
National Portrait Gallery Gift Shop, London
North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo)
RHS Garden Wisley Gift Shop, Wisley
Science Museum Gift Shop, London
ZSL, Whipsnade

BEST IN-STORE OR WINDOW DISPLAY
The Celtic Company, Welshpool
Cornucopia, Worcester
The Emporium, Clitheroe
Garsons, Esher
Highworth Emporium
Rhubarb Home/Rhubarb Gifts, Malvern

BEST RETAILER INITIATIVE
Highworth Emporium, Highworth
For its Shop Local Christmas raffle and Visa ad initiatives

The Hollies
For its two pre-Christmas visitor days

Jo Amor, Tiverton
For its Jo-A-Story online children’s bedtime storytelling initiative

Joco, Nuneaton
For its Christmas video and Letter To Santa initiatives

MOOCH, Northampton (x2), Olney, Towcester
For its cark park charges initiative

Papilio at Heritage, Thornbury
For its Junior Retail and Makaton initiatives

BEST SUPPLIER MARKETING AWARD
Ashleigh & Burwood
Chilly’s Bottles
Katie Loxton
Joma
Marmalade of London
Stoneglow
Wild Things
Wrendale Designs

BEST SERVICE TO THE INDEPENDENT GIFT RETAILER
Ashleigh & Burwood
Enesco
Gisela Graham
Heaven Sends
Joe Davies
Lesser & Pavey
Nemesis Now
Straits Trading
Widdop and Co
Wrendale Designs

An impressive line-up of Greats sponsors include: Candlelight; Gift Republic; GiftsandHome.net; Gisela Graham; Good Housekeeping; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies; Licensing Source Book, Progressive Gifts & Home; Premier Decorations; Progressive Greetings Live 2020; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair; Wrendale Designs and The Giftware Association.

For remaining sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ian Hyder on ian@max-publishing.co.uk

Follow the action on Twitter using #Greats2020 and find out more over at The Greats’ official website.

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