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The Greats Awards 2020: The Winners Are Revealed!

PrintAfter a nail-biting few months, the winners of The Greats Awards 2020 were ‘crowned’ tonight (September 30) at a virtual online event, organised by Progressive Gifts & Home and GiftsandHome.net.

Hundreds of viewers, including the cream of gift retail, leading gift suppliers, trade show organisers and gift industry reps and agents watched the event that was streamed on GiftsandHome. (For those who missed it, it can be viewed on GiftsandHome.net by clicking onto The Greats tab at the top, or on Max Publishing’s YouTube channel).

In her welcome speech, Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home and GiftsandHome.net, said: “If there was ever a year when retailers have really risen to the challenges it has to be this one. The Greats 2020 celebrate the outstanding gift retailerswho have shown true grit and determination in confronting the obstacles of the last year, pre, during and post lockdown, having really pulled out all the stops to deliver for their customers.”

Above: Sue Marks welcomed viewers to the Awards.
Above: Sue Marks welcomed viewers to the Awards.

She continued: “And let’s not forget the vital role suppliers have played in ensuring that retailers have been able to offer their customers a wonderful array of products, as well as a service that they have been able to rely on. We shine the spotlight on the supplier champions in the Best Marketing and Best Service awards, entirely voted for by retailers. In fact, this last year has certainly proved the importance of retailers and suppliers really working together in partnership.”

The evening was compered by Alan Dedicoat, the ‘Voice of the Balls’ on the National Lottery and Strictly Come Dancing, and Radio 2’s chief network announcer.

Above: The Greats Awards’ compere Alan Dedicoat.
Above: The Greats Awards’ compere Alan Dedicoat.

The ceremony culminated with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award, which was presented to Will Gatacre, founder and managing director of Jellycat in recognition of the huge contribution he has made to the giftware industry.

The winners of The Greats Awards 2020 are:

Retail Employee of the Year 2020

Ella Bradbury, shop manager, Forget Me Not, Stubbington

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – London (inside M25)

The Indigo Tree, Crystal Palace and Streatham

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Home Counties, South and South East

All About Rose, Thame

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – East Anglia

Buy The Light, Bury St Edmunds

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Midlands and Wales

The Celtic Company, Welshpool

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – North and Northern Ireland

Kemps General Store, Malton

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – South West

Cilla and Camilla, Beaminster, Bridport and Sherborne

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland

Ewe & Me and Ewe Too, Grantown-on-Spey

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Best Newcomer South & Wales

Bill & Bert’s, Colchester

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Best Newcomer Midlands, North and Scotland

For The Love Of The North, Corbridge and Whitley Bay

Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer

Brocante, Fowey, Mevagissey, St Ives

Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts

Barkers and Barkers Home, Northallerton

Best Non-Specialist Retailer of Gifts

The Hollies, Little Budworth

Best Lifestyle Or Homewares Retailer Of Gifts

Dear Grace, Colchester

Best Gift Retailer Of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories

Jewel, St Andrews

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts

Blue Diamond Group

Best Museum Or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop

RHS Garden Wisley Gift Shop, Wisley

Best In-Store Or Window Display

Cornucopia, Worcester

Best Retailer Initiative

Highworth Emporium, Highworth – for its Christmas campaign 2019

Best Supplier Marketing Award

Joma Jewellery

Best Service To The Independent Retailer Bronze Award Winner 2020

Lesser & Pavey

Best Service to the Independent Retailer Silver Award Winner 2020

Widdop And Co.

Best Service to the Independent Retailer Gold Award Winner 2020

Joe Davies

Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2020

Will Gatacre, co-founder and managing director of Jellycat

 

The Greats Awards 2020 received wholehearted support from many leading names as sponsors. These include (in alphabetical order): Candlelight; Eco Chic; Gift Republic; GiftsandHome.net; The Giftware Association; Gisela Graham; Good Housekeeping; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies; Lesser & Pavey; LicensingSource.net; Little Dog Laughed; Method UK; Miffy; PGBuzz.net; Products of Change; Progressive Gifts & Home; Premier Decorations; Progressive Greetings Live; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair; Top Drawer Spring/Home & Gift, Harrogate and Wrendale Designs.

 

Photos and videos of winners’ reactions will be appearing on GiftsandHome.net on Friday October 2. 

Visit www.GiftsandHome.net and www.thegreatsawards.co.uk

 

Top: Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home and GiftsandHome.net, at tonight’s Greats Awards 2020.

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