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The Greats Awards 2021: Candlelight, CBG and Life Charms Join The Sponsorship Line-Up

Candlelight, Carte Blanche Greetings (CBG) and Life Charms are the latest leading names to pledge their support to The Greats as sponsors, joining (in alphabetical order): Gift Republic;; The Giftware Association; Gisela Graham; Good Housekeeping; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies; Premier Decorations; Progressive Gifts & Home; Progressive Greetings Live; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair and Wrendale Designs.

The sponsors are all united in the belief that the UK’s best gift retailers definitely deserve to be applauded for their incredible efforts in the past year.

Now in their 19th year, The Greats 2021 gift retailer awards (organised and owned by’s Max Publishing) will be shouting from the rooftops about the UK’s amazing gift retailers who have pulled out all the stops – even through through three lockdowns – by using click & collect, as well as online and home deliveries, to remain engaged with their customers.

While retailers are being encouraged to enter directly, (a downloadable entry form is hosted on with a closing date of Friday May 28), suppliers are also being invited to email their retailer nominations directly to Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home/ at

“We are on the lookout for those outstanding gift retailers who are a cut above the restand have continued to up the ante by being resilient and resourceful in an exceptionally challenging trading period,” says Sue. “Importantly, having The Greats awards event later this year – on Thursday September 23 – means that everyone can be together at a physical event. How great will that be?!”

In addition, The Greats Best Retail Employee category provides a wonderful opportunity for retailers to shout about exceptional members of their staff – those who go the extra mile.

Plus, The Greats also provides an opportunity for retailers to applaud their suppliers, those that have provided the best service to gift indies despite the challenges of the last year.

Added to this, retailers are also invited to nominate outstanding suppliers in the Best Supplier Marketing Award – those who have demonstrated excellence in marketing over the past 12 months.

For all supplier nominations, retailers are invited to email Ian Hyder, director of Max Publishing on

With the sponsorship roster of The Greats getting stronger by the day, the Awards event – a real physical get together – is set to be a stupendous gathering, taking place at the historic Honourable Artillery Club (HAC) in London on the afternoon of Thursday September 23.

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jo Pilcher on 020 3764 1694 e:

For all Greats enquiries, please contact Sue Marks on 020 8361 2055 or email her at

Tickets to the The Greats Awards event are available from event organiser Clare Hollick at Createvents: tel: 01183 340085  e: or from


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