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Welcome To. . . A Walk On The Wild Side

Above: From left to right: Jakki Brown, Sue Marks, Angie Bryant and Ian Hyder.

This year’s Greats Gift Retailer awards – now celebrating their 17th great and glorious year are a fantastic opportunity to let your hair down and go wild!

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ith animal print one of the hottest trends on the catwalks, today’s event is themed A Walk on the Wild Side, an afternoon that’s sure to bring out the animal in you – in the nicest possible way of course!

Following a drinks reception to get everyone in the mood to have a truly memorable day, there’s a very delicious lunch to come, specially created for The Greats Awards by Paul Bates, the executive chef at the fabulous Grosvenor House. As always, we’re delighted to bring together the great and the good in the gift industry – retailers, sponsors, gift suppliers, manufacturers, reps and agents – to enjoy a fantastic afternoon, and we want you to have lots of fun! So be sure to wave your animal masks in the air during The Greats’ ‘higher or lower’ competition, and to dig deep for the ‘go wild’ raffle in aid of The Light Fund charity. The Greats Awards will, of course, be the highlight of the day, and with such a stellar line-up of retail entrepreneurs this year, we want to congratulate each and every one of our fabulous finalists and wish them all the very best of luck. Have a wonderful afternoon, and don’t forget to take home your Greats goody bag which is crammed full of lovely treats!

The Greats Team Sue Marks, Angie Bryant, Jakki Brown, Ian Hyder and Warren Lomax

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A HUGE THANKS TO OUR FABULOUS SPONSORS What makes The Greats possible each year is the strong support of the gift industry. As always, we are hugely grateful to the leading manufacturers and suppliers who have sponsored individual categories this year. These amazing companies are shown below.

l Retail Employee of the Year 2019: Sponsored by Home & Gift, Harrogate, and Top Drawer l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year Midlands & Wales: Sponsored by Harrogate Christmas & Gift l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year Scotland: Sponsored by Allsorted l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year North & Northern Ireland: Sponsored by Joe Davies l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year South West: Sponsored by Carte Blanche: All Creatures l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year East Anglia: Sponsored by Xpressions l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year London (inside M25): Sponsored by PG Live 2019 l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year Home Counties, South and South East: Sponsored by Kilogram Media l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year Newcomer Midlands, North and Scotland: Autumn Fair and Spring Fair l Independent Gift Retailer of the Year Newcomer  South and Wales: Sponsored by Method UK l Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts: Sponsored by A Gift From The Gods l Best Department Store Retailer of Gifts: Sponsored by Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) l Best Non-Specialist Retailer of Gifts: Sponsored by Boxer Gifts and Boxer Books l Best Lifestyle or Homewares Retailer of Gifts: Sponsored by BlissHome/Nadiya Make Life Colourful l Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery and Fashion Accessories: Sponsored by Hot Tomato l Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts: Sponsored by Premier Decorations l Best Museum or Visitor Attraction Gift Shop: Sponsored by Heritage Art & Design l Best In-Store or Window Display: Sponsored by Gisela Graham l Best Online or Mail Order Gift Retailer: Sponsored by Gift Republic l Best Retailer Initiative: Sponsored by Candlelight l Best Service to the Independent Gift Retailer: Sponsored by GiftsandHome.net l Honorary Achievement Award: Sponsored by The Giftware Association

Making Us Laugh The Greats is always lots of fun, helped along by the wit of a fabulous stand-up comedian/compere. This year, sure to make everyone giggle is Henry Paker, described by The Guardian as ‘one of the funniest men on the planet’, Henry has a string of credits to his name to include last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and Comedy Central at The Comedy Store. Henry has also written for top TV shows including Mock the Week and Top Gear. Recent projects include working on School of Rock, Royal Variety Performance, Comic Relief and Michael McIntyre’s Big Show. Above: Henry Paker is this year’s Greats compere.

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A big thanks To... . . . Think of Me, set up by husband and wife team Daniel and Freya Kane in 2004, who designed and printed 2019’s Greats Awards invitations and menus. The company’s greeting cards are made in the UK using eco-friendly FSC certified paper and boards and printed with vegetable based inks. Products are stocked worldwide in independent shops and high street retailers.


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greats goody bags All guests will take home a fabulous goody bag that's bursting with gifts.

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Candlelight: Candles in a tin Carrie Elspeth: Hair bands Enesco: GUND Boo by Spinmaster Gift Republic: Deck nail files and trash tattoos Gisela Graham: Wild animal Christmas decorations Heathcote & Ivory: Cosmetic bags Hot Tomato: Moustache keyrings Joe Davies: Pineapple candles Parlane: Napkins SIL/Sifcon: Nail files Soul: Bee tray The Giftware Association: Yearbook Village Candle: Petite Village candle jars Wild & Wolf: Pretty Useful Tools hair caddy

What’s On the Menu The Jungle Tums Taleggio and caramelised banana shallots tart served with peperonata and curly endive (V)

The main event…

ABOUT THE GROSVENOR HOUSE l The imposing Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, overlooking London's historic Hyde Park, has a distinguished, glamorous, and aristocratic pedigree stretching back nearly 350 years. l Originally built as an ice rink, the Great Room at the Grosvenor House hosted The Hallowe’en Ice Festival and Dance, held in October 1929. l The ice rink included exhibition dancing and skating on the ice and was visited by the Prince of Wales. l As well as hosting various sporting clubs and events, Queen Elizabeth II took her ice skating lessons in the Great Room. l With the popularity of ice galas and balls, the hotel’s then owner, Arthur Edwards, had the idea of converting the Great Room into a banqueting space. l Over the centuries, the hotel has had numerous owners, and is currently owned by the Jumeirah Group.

Matcha tea-crusted Shetland salmon served with Asian greens, toasted sesame seeds, parmentier potatoes and a ginger, lemongrass and agave jus (Pre-ordered vegetarian) Mediterranean vegetables, wild rocket and mozzarella tian served with crushed purple potatoes and pesto dressing (V)

The sweet ending… Salted caramel centred vanilla cheesecake served with a raspberry quenelle and berry coulis

And finally… Coffee and petit fours Left: Paul Bates, executive chef at the Grosvenor House, with PG&H’s editor Sue Marks.

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year retail employee of the year 2019 Criteria: Awarded to a special someone who has 'gone the extra mile' and made an outstanding contribution to the running or growth of a gift shop or gift department.

The 2019 finalists are Mark Alexander, retail manager, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

Louise Franco, shop manager, The Present, Barnet

“Louise has been working at The Present for nine years. “Mark Alexander joined the National Memorial She is totally my right hand woman and The Present wouldn’t be the success Arboretum in November 2016 and has it is without her. Her overseen a step change in standards, delivery enthusiasm, hard work, and performance. He is tireless in his energy and love for the commitment to consistently achieving the shop never waivers. She highest possible standards of service, also has to take the presentation and team development. The credit for the performance of our shop over the last 12 months has been exceptional with a merchandising and window 7% growth in average transaction values and a 24% conversion rate for visitors.” displays that customers Nominated by Mark Ellis, head of commercial always comment on. She operations, National Memorial Arboretum totally understands retail and the time and effort needed to keep a small independent busy and thriving.”

Nominated by Louise Rolfe, owner, The Present Marion Johnston, sales assistant, Spirito, Glasgow “Marion joined Spirito following the opening of the store in 2000. From the outset, she made a huge impression on everyone who came in contact with her, who all adore her. She is every bit as passionate as I am about doing things right, and can always be relied on to be the first one to offer to help out if a crisis occurs. She has always been very supportive of the business and contributed hugely to its success.”

Nominated by Denise Laird, owner, Spirito

Linda Tandy, manager, Joco Interiors, Nuneaton “Linda has been with Joco from the start. She always goes above and beyond, working more hours voluntarily over her standard hours. Linda took an apprentice under her wing, coaching and mentoring her throughout the year, which resulted in the apprentice - who suffered from severe anxiety, epilepsy and other health issues - winning two awards. Linda is a great ideas person who thinks on her feet and will always find a solution.”

Nominated by Jo Williams, owner, Joco Interiors

Marjory Wilson, head of customer service/store manager, Between The Lines, Farnham Beverley Yates, shop manager, "Marjory joined us nearly 15 years ago and Maddison, Harborne is a truly valued member of the Between The Lines family. Apart from managing our Farnham store, she is also our head of customer service for the company, which is a reflection of her incredible ability to really connect with our customers. Marjory is instrumental in the training of our new store managers and we absolutely love having her on board."

Nominated by Florian Kleinlercher, managing director, Between The Lines

“Beverley has managed Maddison’s since January 2001 and has played a big part in the success and longevity of the store. She is very caring towards customers, always going the extra mile for them. She picks up stock from our other shops to make sure customers get a special gift on time and often delivers to peoples home addresses. Beverley is a rare breed and I am very lucky that she works with me. Nothing is ever too much trouble.”

Nominated by Stephen McHale, owner, Maddison and Bentleys, Stourport Category sponsored by “Much like Clarion Event’s retail shows, Home & Gift and Top Drawer, The Greats Awards are a true celebration of our industry. Both events are thrilled to show their continued support as sponsors this afternoon. We look forward to welcoming you all to Harrogate for Home & Gift 14-17 July 2019, and to Olympia London for Top Drawer A/W19 8-10 September 2019.” Visit www.homeandgift.co.uk and www.topdrawer.co.uk

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CONGRATULATIONS To all finalists and winners of the Greats Awards We look forward to welcoming you to next year’s show

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year midlands & wales Criteria: Independent gift retailers in the Midlands & Wales who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

Bentleys, Stourport, and Maddison, Harborne

Celtic Company, Welshpool

Chi Chi Gifts & Interiors, Lickey

Joco Interiors, Nuneaton

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley and Stourport

Nest, Stoneygate

Category sponsored by

"Harrogate Christmas & Gift, 12-15 January, 2020, is one of the UK's fastest growing trade shows for the Christmas sector and a favourite for buyers seeking festive products such as Christmas trees, decorations, ornaments, gifts and year-round ranges for the home and garden. The team extends congratulations to all shortlisted companies and looks forward to welcoming everyone to the 2020 show." www.harrogatefair.com

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Good luck to all finalists! Allsorted helps retailer buyers to be more successfull with gift books and gift stationery by increasing sales, fixing problems around how and when to buy the right products, and saving valuable time.

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year scotland Criteria: Independent gift retailers in Scotland who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

Baxter’s of Stranraer and Gallery 34, Stanraer

The Lions Paw, Renfrewshire

Orsay, Oban

Papyrus, Glasgow

Ruby Red, Milngavie

Spirito, Glasgow

Category sponsored by

“Allsorted is delighted to be sponsoring the Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – Scotland category at The Greats 2019. Congratulations to all the fabulous finalists!” www.allsorteduk.com

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year north & northern ireland Criteria: Independent gift retailers in the North and Northern Ireland who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

The Bottom Drawer, Portadown

Hand Picked by Henrietta, ChapelEn-Le-Frith and Poynton

The Lion Gallery, Penrith

Pure Inspiration Gift Shop, Ramsey

Williams of Audlem, Audlem

Within Reason, Sheffield

Category sponsored by

“In our centenary year, we are delighted to be a sponsor of 2019’s Great’s awards. The awards celebrate hardworking retailers who are leading the way, building their businesses to make them unique, vibrant stores that people want to visit. Good luck to the finalists and have a fantastic ‘Greats’ afternoon.” www.joedavies.co.uk

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year south west Criteria: Independent gift retailers in the South West who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

Brocante, Fowey, Mevagissey, St Ives

Daisy Park, South Molton

Jo Amor, Tiverton

Number 36, Penzance

Paprika, Bath and Chippenham

Soukous, Bristol

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“Carte Blanche is thrilled to be sponsoring the Best Independent Gift Retailer - South West and have the opportunity to introduce our brand new All Creatures Collection, an adorable menagerie of beautifully designed animal characters featuring premium fabrics and a focus on real-life characteristics - perfect to take on a ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ at this year’s Great’s Awards.” www.cbg.co.uk

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year east anglia Criteria: Independent gift retailers in East Anglia who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

Cloudnine Gift Shop, Market Deeping

Daisy Lanes, Rayleigh

EmZo, Bacton

Little Boat Gifts, Brightlingsea

Loft & Spires, Bury St Edmunds

Myriad & Mundfords, Mundford

Category sponsored by

“Xpressions is delighted to be sponsoring The Greats 2019 Independent Gift Retailer of the Year – East Anglia category. We wish the finalists the very best of luck.” www.xpressionsgifts.co.uk

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PG Live 2019 is proud to sponsor this year’s Best Service to the Independent Retailer Award. Good luck to all finalists! From one celebration of the greeting card industry to another, PG Live 2019 is delighted to be able to help you enjoy today’s celebrations.

THE GREATEST COLLECTION OF GREETING CARDS IN THE WORLD “PG Live has a unique feel – it’s like a lovely daytime party to meet likeminded card people – what could be nicer?”

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year London (INSIDe M25 ) Criteria: Independent gift retailers in London (inside M25) who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

Caxton, Temple Fortune

Gift Box, Uxbridge

Lily King, Willesden Green

MAP Gift Shop, Holloway

The Present, Barnet Category sponsored by

“PG Live 2019 is proud to present the greatest collection of greeting cards in the world, with over 230 exhibitors. Taking place from Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 June, PG Live is the only UK trade show dedicated to the global greeting card industry.” www.progressivegreetingslive.com

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Independent Gift Retailer of the Year home counties, south & south east Criteria: Independent gift retailers in the Home Counties, South & the South East who have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

G M Arrowsmith, Broadstairs

Bert’s Homestore, Brighton and Hove

Etcetera, Hitchin

No 14, Ampthill

Papillon Living, Brighton

Threads Gift Shop, Harpenden

Category sponsored by

“Kilogrammedia is a broadcast and licensing specialist marketing and PR agency who manage everything from consumer and trade PR through to events, social media and talent management. As a first time sponsor of The Greats, the Kilogrammedia team wish the best of luck to all the Home Counties category nominees.” www.kgmpr.com

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To all the 2019 finalists from the Spring & Autumn Fair team! We’ll see you in September, get your free ticket now at autumnfair.com

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best newcomer-midlands, north & scotland Criteria: A new independent gift shop which has opened since January 2016 in the Midlands, North and Scotland. Nominees have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including a range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

The Hummingbird at Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury

Kemps General Store, Malton

Kimora Fashion & Lifestyle, Barrowford

Magenta Trends, Annesley Woodhouse

Mooch on St Giles Street and Mooch, Bell, Northampton

Walter and May, York

Category sponsored by “Spring & Autumn Fair are proud to be sponsoring The Greats Retailer Awards once again this year. We are very pleased to support an event that celebrates the achievements of the industry and send congratulations to all the nominees and winners.� www.autumnfair.com / www.springfair.com

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Good Luck! Proud sponsors of The Greats 2019 Printers of The Greats Awards Brochure and printers of Progressive Gifts & Home magazine

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best newcomer-south & wales Criteria: A new independent gift shop which has opened since January 2016.

The 2019 finalists are

Barefoot Living, Burnham Market

Highworth Emporium, Highworth

Huus, Halesworth

Josie’s Interiors, Bideford

Maybugs Gifts and Home, Hailsham

Sunshine And Snow, Bideford

Category sponsored by

“Method UK is a bespoke design and reprographics company which specialises in producing and managing all manner of wonderful print projects. Based in London, Method UK is delighted to be sponsoring The Greats Awards 2018 and wishes all the fabulous finalists the very best of luck.” www.thisismethod.co.uk

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best specialist multiple gift retailer (4 or more shops) Criteria: Retailers with four or more shops, excluding department stores, supermarkets and garden centres. Excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, window and product display, as well as commitment to the gift sector.

The 2019 finalists are

Between The Lines

House of Cards

The Lemon Tree

MenKind

National Trust

Vinegar Hill

Category sponsored by

“Fashion accessories brand A Gift From The Gods is delighted to sponsor the Best Specialist Multiple Retailer of Gifts award as recognition of the outstanding contribution innovative retailers make to this dynamic industry. As a growing brand, we are excited to be involved in such a vibrant, diverse retail landscape.� www.agiftfromthegods.com

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Proud to sponsor:

Congratulations to all the nominees! On behalf of the entire team at Brand Licensing Europe, we would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners on the incredible range of entries. Brand Licensing Europe is your chance to explore the widest range of properties available for license in Europe. Including heritage, artists, corporate brands, entertainment brands and more, find new partners to expand your gifting range.

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best department store retailer of gifts Criteria: This award was open to individual independent department stores or a specific branch of a department store chain. They have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum in the last year, including product range, product knowledge, staff training, customer care, marketing and promotion, window and product display, as well as commitment to the gift sector.

The 2019 finalists are

Daniels of Windsor, Windsor

Fenwick, Newcastle

John Lewis & Partners

One Forty, Cranleigh

Selfridges, Oxford Street, Birmingham and Manchester Category sponsored by

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Best non-specialist retailer of gifts Criteria: Nominees are independent or multiple retailers for whom gifts are not their main product focus. Nominees have shown excellence in all areas across the retail spectrum over the last year, including a range of gifts, product knowledge, customer service, shop environment, marketing and display.

The 2019 finalists are

The Baobab, Reading

Gower Gallery, Mumbles

Hartley Coffee House and Farm Shop, Cranbrook

House UK (7 stores)

Oliver Bonas (85 stores)

Papilio at Heritage, Thornbury

Category sponsored by

“Here at Boxer we are innovators of unique gifts such as the Starlight Bottles and Lettered Candles. We have a vision to Slay the Mundane and make the gifting industry more fun for all. Check out our brand new website www.boxerwholesale.com and get in touch at sales@boxergifts.com – you won’t be disappointed. After all, Fun is Our Business!”

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best lifestyle or homewares retailer of gifts Criteria: This award is open to all gift retailers, independents or multiples, for whom gifts are part of a wider product mix ranging from fashion to furniture.

The 2019 finalists are

The Emporium Interiors, Clitheroe

House & Garden at Snape Maltings, Snape

The Java Store, Norwich

Love Thy Interiors, Thirsk (2 shops)

Orange Tree, Topsham

Treehouse, Aberdeenshire (3 shops)

Category sponsored by “We are delighted to shine a light on BlissHome's Make Life Colourful by Nadiya Hussain homewares range. Nadiya developed the colourways, finishes and styles. As one of the UK's most popular media personalities we think this range will suit a broad spectrum of retailers. Good luck to all the finalists.� www.blisshome.co.uk/homepage.php

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best gift retailer of jewellery & fashion accessories Criteria: Open to all independent or multiple retailers who have, over the last year, demonstrated commitment and knowledge of jewellery that retails within a gift retail environment.

The 2019 finalists are

Bijouled, Harrogate

Melbury Gallery, Sherborne and Dorchester

MiMi (hw), Hartley Wintney

The Nancy Smillie Shop, Glasgow

The Silver Shop, Bath

Uno, The Mumbles

Category sponsored by

“Hot Tomato sources and designs fabulous, affordable fashion accessories, offering up great margins and a real point of difference in store. Sponsoring The Greats Jewellery & Fashion Accessories category is a real honour and a chance to shine a light on what has become a significant area within the indie gift sector.” www.hot-tom.comsector.” www.hot-tom.com

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best garden centre retailer of gifts Criteria: This award was open to all independent or multiple garden centres. Nominees have demonstrated commitment and knowledge of giftware retailed within a garden centre over the last year.

The 2019 finalists are

Bents Garden & Home, Glazebury

Burford Garden Centre, Burford

Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

Longacres, Bagshot

The Otter Nursery, Ottery St Mary

Woodcote Green, Wallington

Category sponsored by

“As an industry leader, Premier Decorations places excellent customer service at the top of its agenda and prides itself on working with retailers to provide top quality products and exciting, innovative in-store experiences to consumers throughout the UK. The company’s team is delighted to sponsor the Best Garden Centre Retailer of Gifts category and extends congratulations to all shortlisted companies. We look forward to working with you all in 2019!” www.premierdec.com

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best museums or visitor attraction gift shop Criteria: Open to all independent or multiple museums, heritage outlets or visitor attractions. All contenders were required to demonstrate commitment and knowledge of giftware within a visitor attraction over the last year.

The 2019 finalists are

Blenheim Palace, Blenheim

Imperial War Museum, London

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas

Sledmere House Gift Shop, Sledmere

Royal Opera House, London

V&A, London

Category sponsored by

“Heritage Art and Design was formed in 2016 and is proud to introduce their diverse and distinctive collection of greeting cards. Our commitment is to deliver small collections, from contemporary to light hearted humour, that offer quality and value for money. We are proud to be a sponsor of The Greats 2019 and wish all finalists the very best of luck.� www.heritageartanddesign.co.uk

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best in-store or window display Criteria: Window and/or in store displays which are either specific to one product range, or of a more generic nature, which demonstrate originality and maximise visual impact.

The 2019 finalists are

Brit Maison, Cockfosters

Chi Chi Interiors, Lickey

Highworth Emporium, Highworth

Lulu Loves, Stubbington

Pure Inspiration, Ramsey

Soukous, Bristol

Category sponsored by “Display is what makes the difference between good sales and great sales. It’s what draws the customer into the shop and makes them buy when they get inside. Gisela Graham is delighted to sponsor the award that fosters this essential part of the retailer’s armoury.” www.giselagraham.co.uk

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best online or mail order gift retailer Criteria: Open to all online retailers of gifts, mail order gift catalogues or a high street gift retailer who also have an online presence or publishes a mail order catalogue retailing gifts.

The 2019 finalists are

Firebox www.firebox.com

JD Williams www.jdwilliams.co.uk

Oliver Bonas www.oliverbonas.com

The Present Finder www.thepresentfinder.co.uk

Prezzybox www.prezzybox.com

ZSL www.zsl.org

Category sponsored by

“At Gift Republic we have a passion for two things: fun and innovative gifting. Our products are designed to bring a smile to your face. We love to sponsor the Best Online or Mail Order Gift Retailer category as we like to promote the success of others.� www.giftrepublic.com

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best retailer initiative Criteria: Open to all retailers who have undertaken a specific development or initiative that was instrumental in increasing retail growth of gift products, such as through advertising, promotions, website activity, a staff training programme or a customer loyalty programme.

The 2019 finalists are

Feathering Your Nest, Rayleigh For its Angels Wings window/initiative

Hand Picked by Henrietta, Chapel En Frith and Poynton For its Henrietta Selfie Saturday promotion

Josies Interiors, Bideford

For its Happy Home Makers Loyalty Club promotion

Oliver Bonas

For its collaboration with UK Youth Category sponsored by

Mooch Gifts & Home, Bewdley

For spearheading a 2 hour parking initiative campaign and also a Festive Trail

Swagger, Chipping Sodbury For its Swag Bag initiative

“Candlelight Products, one of the UK’s leading designers and wholesale suppliers of candles and gifts, is very proud to be sponsoring The Greats Best Retailer Initiative category. All finalists stand out as exceptional marketeers, and we are delighted to recognise and applaud them. Wishing them all the very best of luck.” www.candlelight.co.uk

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best service to the independent retailer Criteria: This incredible award recognises and rewards those gift suppliers in the service they provide to independent retailers.

The 2019 finalists are (in alphabetical order)

Ashleigh & Burwood East of India Enesco Gisela Graham History & Heraldry Joe Davies Lesser & Pavey Nemesis Now Parlane Widdop and Co Roll of Honour Although they did not reach the finals for this award, the following companies are worthy of recognition, as independent gift retailers really value the service that they provide. 11. Jellycat 12. Straits Trading 13. History & Heraldry 14. Richard Lang 15. Xpressions 4 U 16. Really Good 17. Ashleigh & Burwood 18. Carrie Elspeth 19. Xystos 20. Boxer Gifts 21. Junction 18 22. Heart of the Country 23. Wax Lyrical 24. Heaven Sends 25. Portmeirion Group Category sponsored by

26. Premier Decorations 27. Ravensden 28. Heathcote & Ivory 29. Kaemingk 30. Transomnia 31. Dartington Crystal 32. Half Moon Bay 33. Nemesis Now 34. Sea Gems 35. Sifcon International 36. House of Marbles 37. Libra 38. Wild & Wolf 39. Container Group Buying (CGB) 40. Fiesta Studios “Huge congratulations to the finalists in The Greats Awards 2019 Best Service To the Independent Retailer category. GiftsandHome.net – which brings you the very latest, most up-to-date industry news each week - is proud to recognise and applaud these outstanding suppliers.” www.giftsandhome.net

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honorary achievement award 2019 Criteria: This very special award is to be presented to an individual who has contributed greatly to the UK gift industry. PG&H invited nominations from across the industry, with the worthy winner coming from the retail or supply side of the trade.

who will be this year’s hero?

Winner 2007

Winner 2008

Winner 2009

Winner 2010

David Metcalfe formerly chairman and md of TPS

Joy Jordan formerly of Focal Point

Keith Entwistle formerly md, Caspari

Bryan Parry founder, Bryn Parry Studios, co-founder, Help For Heroes

Winner 2011

Winner 2012

Winner 2013

Winner 2014

Martin, Sam and Julian Rayner (pictured is Martin Rayner), directors, Lakeland

Oliver Tress, md, Oliver Bonas

Gisela Graham, founder and md of Gisela Graham

Ken Johnson, md of Enesco Europe

Winner 2015

Winner 2016

Winner 2017

Winner 2018

Mike Burgess, md of Parlane

Andrew Illingworth sales director of Widdop and Co.

David Hicks, md, Really Good/Soul

John Athwal OBE, founder and MD, Premier Decorations

Category sponsored by

“The Giftware Association benefits the home and gift industry by supporting retailers and suppliers with its initiatives such as Meet The Buyer events, Gift of the Year and its many services and benefits that allow our members to achieve their business goals. We are incredibly proud to be sponsoring this award and celebrate the honorary achievement award with the retail industry.” www.ga-uk.org

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The GReATeST CoLLeCTIon oF GReeTInG CARDS In The WoRLD “We love looking at all the new designs, ranges and new ideas that are out there that you would not get to see anywhere else. The event is brilliant for bringing them all together. Roll on PG Live 2019!” Beverley Heywort HeywortH owner Blue rose Gifts & Balloons

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PG Live 2019 is proud to sponsor this year’s Best Service to the Independent Retailer Award. Good luck to all finalists! From one celebration of the greeting card industry to another, PG Live 2019 is delighted to be able to help you enjoy today’s celebrations.

all GREats finalists

WILL ReCeIve A £50 vouCheR

to spend with any of our fabulous exhibitors at the show! “We had a great time as always at PG Live. It’s such a great concept – so different from all the other shows. visitors are so well looked after, as a buyer you feel very welcomed and valued; pampered from top to toe.” lindsey and florian KleinlercHer directors Between tHe lines

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