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The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2016

Winners Revealed!

The winners of The Greats Gift Retailer Awards 2016 were crowned at a glittering ceremony held yesterday (Thursday 5 May) in the Ballroom of the stunning Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane. Click here.

More than  400 gift retailers, along with suppliers, manufacturers, reps and agents attended the event, which is now in its 14th year, and a must attend on the gift industry's calendar.

"It was a fabulous afternoon for everyone - winners, finalists and sponsors - with attendees joining us from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as from the far flung corners of England," commented Sue Marks, the editor of Progressive Gifts & Home.

The Greats Awards have become the accolades to strive for, with the event itself one of the most exciting and vibrant in the country, bringing together the entire gift and home industry for an afternoon of celebration.

The Greats recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also one-off niche retailers and garden centres, as well as outstanding retail employees.

The full list of The Greats 2016 winners are:

Retail Employee of the Year 2016
Winner: Marina McManus, shop manager, Liquorice Tree, Edinburgh Airport

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - London (inside M25)
Winner: MAP Gift Shop, Archway

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Home Counties, South
and South East
Winner: MiMi (hw), Hartley Wintney

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - East Anglia
Winner: Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year- Midlands & Wales
Winner: Set Design, Leicester

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - North and Northern Ireland
Winner: The Bottom Drawer, Portadown

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - South West
Winner: Hyde + Seek, Exeter

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Scotland
Winner: Maia Gifts, Glasgow

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Best Newcomer - South & Wales
Winner: We Built This City, London, W1

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Best Newcomer – North Midlands, and Scotland
Winner: Lily Blue Gifts, Hagley

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Love Aroma

Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Debenhams

Best Non-Specialist Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Robert & Ruby, Helmsley

Best Lifestyle or Homewares Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Time & Tide

Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery and Fashion Accessories
Winner: The Herbary, Troon

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts
Winner: New Hopetoun Garden Centre, Broxburn

Best Museum or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop
Winner: Imperial War Museum Gift Shop, London

Best In-Store Or Window Display
Winner: Retro36, Scarborough

Best Online or Mail Order Gift Retailer
Winner: Gifts From Handpicked

Best Retailer Initiative
Winner: Spirito, Glasgow - For its jewellery initiative

Best Service To The Independent Retailer Award

Bronze Winner: Ashleigh & Burwood

Silver Winner: Joe Davies

Gold Winner: Widdop And Co

Honorary Achievement Award 2016
Awarded to: Andrew Illingworth

The full list of The Greats 2016 winners are:

Retail Employee of the Year 2016
Winner: Marina McManus, shop manager, Liquorice Tree, Edinburgh Airport
Award category sponsor Home & Gift Buyers’ Festival

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - London (inside M25)
Winner: MAP Gift Shop, Archway
Award category sponsor Really Good/Soul

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Home Counties, South
and South East
Winner: MiMi (hw), Hartley Wintney
Award category sponsor Carte Blanche Group

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - East Anglia
Winner: Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh
Award category sponsor Harrogate Christmas & Gift

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year- Midlands & Wales
Winner: Set Design, Leicester
Award category sponsor Parlane International

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - North and Northern Ireland
Winner: The Bottom Drawer, Portadown
Award category sponsor Joe Davies

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - South West
Winner: Hyde + Seek, Exeter
Award category sponsor Wild & Wolf

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Scotland
Winner: Maia Gifts, Glasgow
Award category sponsor Sass & Belle by RJB Stone

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Best Newcomer - South & Wales
Winner: We Built This City, London, W1
Award category sponsor IF (That Company Called)

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Best Newcomer – North Midlands, and Scotland
Winner: Lily Blue Gifts, Hagley
Award category sponsor i2i Events/Autumn Fair and Spring Fair

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Love Aroma
Award category sponsor Root Candles

Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Debenhams
Award category sponsor Kaemingk

Best Non-Specialist Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Robert & Ruby, Helmsley
Award category sponsor London Stationery Show and National Stationery Week

Best Lifestyle or Homewares Retailer of Gifts
Winner: Time & Tide
Award category sponsor Xystos

Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery and Fashion Accessories
Winner: The Herbary, Troon
Award category sponsor Carrie Elspeth

Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts
Winner: New Hopetoun Garden Centre, Broxburn
Award category sponsor Premier Decorations

Best Museum or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop
Winner: Imperial War Museum Gift Shop, London
Award category sponsor Ravensden

Best In-Store Or Window Display
Winner: Retro36, Scarborough
Award category sponsor Gisela Graham

Best Online or Mail Order Gift Retailer
Winner: Gifts From Handpicked
Award category sponsor Gift Republic

Best Retailer Initiative
Winner: Spirito, Glasgow - For its jewellery initiative
Award category sponsor Yankee Candle

Best Service To The Independent Retailer Award

Bronze Winner: Ashleigh & Burwood
Award category sponsor PG Live

Silver Winner: Joe Davies
Award category sponsor PG Live

Gold Winner: Widdop And Co
Award category sponsor PG Live

Honorary Achievement Award 2016
Awarded to: Andrew Illingworth, Widdop And Co
Award category sponsor The Giftware Association


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