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The Greats Awards 2021: The Winners Are Revealed!

After a nail-biting few months, the winners of The Greats Awards 2021 were ‘crowned’ this afternoon (September 23) at a fabulous Awards event organised by Progressive Gifts & Home and

Guests included the cream of gift retailleading gift suppliers, trade show organisers and gift industry reps and agents – with the Awards compered by top stand-up comedian Stuart Goldsmith.

In her welcome speech, Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home and, said: “Currently, with the UK hopefully through the worst of the pandemic, it’s finally a time to look forward, and I would like to praise the resilience, the resourcefulness and the lateral thinking of all our finalists, and our industry in general,in what has been a rollercoaster time for everyone.” 

She continued: “Your success comes from having your finger on the pulse of what your customers want, and in being able to diversify quickly as the pandemic has demonstrated.”

The ceremony culminated with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award, which was awarded posthumously to Robert (Bob) Illingworth, the former chairman of Widdop & Co, in recognition of the huge contribution he made to the giftware industry. It was accepted by his grandson Stephen Illingworth, Widdop & Co’s creative director.


The full list of winners of The Greats Awards 2021 are:

Retail Employee of the Year 2021

Kirsty Hammond, manager, No.14 Ampthill, Ampthill


Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Midlands and Wales

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn


Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland

Original Artists, Gourock


Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – North and Northern Ireland

Robert & Ruby, Helmsley


Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – South West

Highworth Emporium, Highworth


Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – East Anglia

Lovely Libby’s and Olive Branch, Billericay, Brentwood and Rayleigh


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

Jumping Bean, Beckenham and Honor Oak


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

Lulu Loves Home, Stubbington


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

Keepsakes Scotland, Inverness, Loch Lomond and Pitlochry


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

The Bean Hive, Kettering and The Bean Hive By The Sea, Falmouth


Best Specialist Multiple Gift Retailer



Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts

Roys of Wroxham

Best Non-Specialist Retailer of Gifts

Oliver Bonas


Best Lifestyle Or Homewares Retailer Of Gifts

Josie’s Interiors, Bideford


Best Gift Retailer Of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories

MiMi, Hartley Wintney


Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts

Yarnton Home and Garden, Yarnton


Best Museum Or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop

Milestones Living History Museum, Basingstoke


Best In-Store Or Window Display

In Heaven At Home, Market Harborough


Best Retailer Initiative

The Celtic Company, Welshpool, for its video appeal to the Welsh government


Best Service To The Independent Retailer Bronze Award Winner 2021

Gisela Graham


Best Service to the Independent Retailer Silver Award Winner 2021

Joe Davies


Best Service to the Independent Retailer Gold Award Winner 2021

Widdop & Co.


Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2021

Robert (Bob) Illingworth


The Greats Awards 2021 were sponsored by the following companies (in alphabetical order): Allsorted, Art & Heritage, Ashleigh & Burwood; Candlelight; Carte Blanche Greetings (CBG); Gift Republic;; The Giftware Association; Gisela Graham; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies;; Life Charms; Method UK; Premier Decorations; Products of Change; Progressive Gifts & Home; Progressive Greetings Live Progressive Greetings magazine; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair and Wrendale Designs.

Photos and winners’ reactions will be appearing shortly on | #Greats21

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