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The Greats 2023 Finalists Are Revealed

After months of anticipation, the official finalists of The Greats gift retailer awards 2023 have been announced today (16 March).

The Greats Awards, now in their 21st year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers from across the retail spectrum, with winning a Greats award universally acknowledged as being a true accolade of retail excellence.

“Once again, the bar was set exceptionally high this year, with every one of our finalists excelling in their respective category,” stated Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftandHome.net. “This year The Greats saw an unprecedented level of engagement from retailers and suppliers alike, evidenced by the wealth of nominations from the gift industry at large, as well as a huge number of gift retailers entering and putting themselves forward. The nominations and entries, from relative newbies through to more established names in gift retail, are testament to the passion and marketing mettle that will ensure UK gift retailers will not only survive but thrive in a challenging retail environment.”

The Greats Awards Finalists 2023 (All finalists are listed in alphabetical order)

Independent Gift Retailer of The Year – London, South, South East & East Anglia          

– Amore, Woodbridge

– Bill & Berts, Colchester

– Brand Academy, Kensington and South Bank

– Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh

– Maybugs, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Hailsham

– Two Ducks, Woking


Independent Gift Retailer of The Year – Midlands & Wales 

– Cornucopia, Worcester

– Ian Snow, Machynlleth

– Joco Interiors, Nuneaton

– Nest, Stoneygate, Broughton Astley and Thurlaston Garden Centre

– No.14 Ampthill, Ampthill

– Reflections, Nantwich and Rugeley


Independent Gift Retailer of The Year – North, Northern Ireland & Scotland

– Bijou, Elgin, Buckie

– The Bottom Drawer, Portadown

– Doodle & Boom, Bangor

– Nora’s Interiors & Gifts, Ilkley

– Paper Tiger, Edinburgh

– Serendipity House, Kirkham


Independent Gift Retailer of The Year – West & South West

– The Bay Tree, Devizes and Marlborough

– Highworth Emporium, Highworth

– Out Of The Blue, Totnes

– The Rowan Tree, Budleigh Salterton

– Something Different Gift Shop, Swindon

– Strawberry Blue, Bradford-on-Avon


Best Newcomer Gift Retailer 

– Dalmore Farm Gift Shop, Alness

– Dolly Daydreams, Presteigne

– House Interiors, Thirsk

– Hummingbird Gifts & Homewares, Sidmouth

– Just Lily Jewellery Home & Gift, Porthleven

– Miracle on King Street, Ludlow


Best Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Gifts 

– Bentleys, Birmingham. Solihull and Stourport on Severn (plus Maddison, Harborne) (4 stores)

– Between The Lines (16 stores)

– Brocante (6 stores)

– House of Cards (7 stores)

– KeepSakes Scotland (6 stores)

– Lark, S and W London, Woking (13 stores)

– Oliver Bonas (81 stores)


Best Department Store Retailer Of Gifts

– Barkers, Northallerton

– Morleys Group

– Fenwick Group

– Jarrolds, Norwich

– John Lewis & Partners

– Nicholls, Abergavenny, Brecon and Crickhowell


Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts 

– The Apple Orchard, West Wycombe

– Bringing The Outside In, Wells-Next-The-Sea

– Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway

– Colchester Zoo, Colchester

– Natural History Museum Gift Shop, London

– Williams of Audlem, Audlem


Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts 

– Bernaville Nursery, Cowley

– Blue Diamond Group

– Longacres, Bagshot

– Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree

– Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Orpington

– The Old Railway Garden Centre, Brecon


Best In Store/Window Display 

– Brocante, Charlestown, Fowey, Mevagissey, Perranporth and St. Ives

– Etcetera, Hitchin

– House Interiors, Thirsk

– Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

– MiMi, Hartley Wintney and Wokingham

– Mooch, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn


Best Retailer Initiative

– The Herbary, Troon

For its Calling All Sock Testers promotion 

– Highworth Emporium, Highworth

For its Shop Like A Royal At Highworth Emporium promotion 

– Maybugs, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Hailsham

For its Supporting Independents This Christmas Campaign

– Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree

For its Step Back in Time initiative  

– Serendipity House, Kirkham

For Its ‘Live Live’ event

– Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh

For its Christmas Gift Guide themed ‘Lives’


 All winners, including the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award, will be revealed at The Gift Awards on Thursday 11 May at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. For the second year in succession, this incredible event will bring together The Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year Awards and The Greats gift retailer awards, organised and owned by Max Publishing, publishers of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net.

At this glittering event, both gift product excellence and retail prowess will be recognised and rewarded in a true celebration of both sides of the UK gift industry.

Tickets and tables for the awards can be booked via the Max Publishing digital box office event at Max-Tickets.net, or by contacting event organiser Createvents: clare@createvents.co.uk or 0118 334 0085.

To find out more about The Gift Awards and book tickets, visit www.thegiftawards.com; www.thegreatsawards.co.uk.

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