A Really Good award for David Hicks

Founder of Really Good and Soul recognised at The Greats Awards

Really Good/Soul’s David Hick was almost lost for words when he was presented with the Honorary Achievement Award at The Greats.
Really Good/Soul’s David Hick was almost lost for words when he was presented with the Honorary Achievement Award at The Greats.

David Hicks, founder of Really Good and Soul – which this year celebrate their 30th and 20th anniversaries respectively – has been honoured for his contribution to the retail gift sector at The Greats gift retailer awards – at a glitzy awards ceremony last Thursday (4 May) at London’s Grosvenor House, organised by PG’s sister magazine Progressive Gifts & Home.

Announcing the GA-sponsored Honorary Achievement Award at The Greats, Jakki Brown, editor of Progressive Greetings and friend of David’s for 30 years said: “Having come into the trade 30 years ago as an almost entrepreneur, David’s maverick approach has been balanced by an innate nous for product, understanding of consumer taste and the pulse of the high street as well as having total respect for his strong team. There are so many retailers who have been stockists of his products for many years, ever grateful for the stream of best sellers he has created. Nowadays Really Good products are prominent all over the world, the company and its reputation has grown massively, yet David remains the same, his commitment to product design has never faltered.”

Some of the best seller from the Bright Side range from Really Good
Some of the best seller from the Bright Side range from Really Good

David started the Really Good Card Company (as it was known) in 1987 with £200 and a stack of black and white postcards, travelling around the country and selling cards from the boot of his car! In the 90s, when the company was hit by the demise of a major customer, the company shone its spotlight into gifts, as reflected in the shortening of its name to Really Good. By this time the company had established itself as a leading supplier of fun and humorous cards and gifts, always offering something a little different from everyone else. In 1997 David launched Soul, which has earned a strong reputation of a design-led, contemporary giftware range.

Commenting, shortly after receiving his award, David confessed to PGBuzz: “I was utterly gobsmacked to be honest. I didn’t really listen to the first part of the introductory speech, but then I slowly thought how interesting it was that someone else in the room had a similar background! I was making a mental note to chat to whoever it was, when it slowly slowly dawned on me. I actually feel humbled.”

The Greats were attended by both retailers and suppliers, including several well known faces from the greeting card trade, reflecting the importance of cards to giftshops as well as the importance of giftshops to card publishers.

Soul is exhibiting at PG Live (June 6 and June 7) at London’s Business Design Centre.

Pictured at top: Host of the Greats, Charlie Baker, David Hicks and Henri Davis, chairman of the GA, sponsor of the Honorary Achievement Award.

A few more photos from the awards

All The Greats Winners on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel.
All The Greats Winners on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

 

Debbie and Jerry Brown of First Class Greetings and Plum Green, Hadleigh
Debbie and Jerry Brown of First Class Greetings and Plum Green, Hadleigh

 

(right-left) PG’s Jakki Brown, David Hicks, Lisa Shoesmith (both of Really Good and Soul) and Max Publishing’s Ian Hyder.
(right-left) PG’s Jakki Brown, David Hicks, Lisa Shoesmith (both of Really Good and Soul) and Max Publishing’s Ian Hyder.

 

Hammond Gower’s Nicci Hammond (second right) and Andrew Ashby (left) catch up with Between The Lines’ Florian Kleinlercher, Beth Puttock and Teri Clapp.
Hammond Gower’s Nicci Gower (second right) and Andrew Ashby (left) catch up with Between The Lines’ Florian Kleinlercher, Beth Puttock and Teri Clapp.

 

Emma Paisey started her career on the card publishing side (with Gibson) before setting up her Greats award winning card and gift shop, Daisy Park in South Molton, 10 years ago.
Emma Paisey started her career on the card publishing side (with Gibson) before setting up her Greats award winning card and gift shop, Daisy Park in South Molton, 10 years ago.

 

Between the Lines co-owner Florian Kleinlercher with the trophy for Best Multiple Retailer of Gifts.
Between the Lines co-owner Florian Kleinlercher with the trophy for Best Multiple Retailer of Gifts.
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