The Greats 2023 finalists revealed

Gift retailers line up for glory at The Gift Awards on 11 May

After months of anticipation the official finalists of The Greats gift retailer awards 2023 have been announced today, 16 March.

The Greats Awards, now in their 21st year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine, a sister title to Progressive Greetings, to recognise and reward the UK’s very best gift retailers from across the retail spectrum, with winning one of the trophies universally acknowledged as being a true accolade of gift retailing excellence.

“Once again, the bar was set exceptionally high this year, with every one of our finalists excelling in their respective category,” stated Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftandHome.net. “This year The Greats saw an unprecedented level of engagement from retailers and suppliers alike, evidenced by the wealth of nominations from the gift industry at large, as well as a huge number of gift retailers entering and putting themselves forward.

“The nominations and entries, from relative newbies through to more established names in gift retail, are testament to the passion and marketing mettle that will ensure UK gift retailers will not only survive but thrive in a challenging retail environment.”

The Greats Awards Finalists 2023

(finalists listed in alphabetical order)

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – London, South, South East & East Anglia  

Amore, Woodbridge

Bill & Berts, Colchester

Brand Academy, Kensington and South Bank

Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh

Maybugs, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Hailsham

Two Ducks, Woking

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – Midlands & Wales

Cornucopia, Worcester

Ian Snow, Machynlleth

Joco Interiors, Nuneaton

Nest, Stoneygate, Broughton Astley and Thurlaston Garden Centre

No.14 Ampthill, Ampthill

Reflections, Nantwich and Rugeley

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – North, Northern Ireland & Scotland

Bijou, Elgin and Buckie

The Bottom Drawer, Portadown

Doodle & Boom, Bangor

Nora’s Interiors & Gifts, Ilkley

Paper Tiger, Edinburgh

Serendipity House, Kirkham

Independent Gift Retailer Of The Year – West & South West

The Bay Tree, Devizes and Marlborough

Highworth Emporium, Highworth

Out Of The Blue, Totnes

The Rowan Tree, Budleigh Salterton

Something Different Gift Shop, Swindon

Strawberry Blue, Bradford-on-Avon

Best Newcomer Gift Retailer

Dalmore Farm Gift Shop, Alness

Dolly Daydreams, Presteigne

House Of Interiors, Thirsk

Hummingbird Gifts & Homewares, Sidmouth

Just Lily Jewellery Home & Gift, Porthleven

Miracle On King Street, Ludlow

Best Specialist Multiple Retailer Of Gifts

Bentleys & Maddison, Birmingham, Solihull, Stourport-On-Severn, and Harborne (4 stores)

Between The Lines (16 stores)

Brocante (6 stores)

House of Cards (7 stores)

KeepSakes Scotland (6 stores)

Lark, London, Woking (13 stores)

Oliver Bonas (81 stores)

Best Department Store Retailer Of Gifts

Barkers, Northallerton

Morleys Group

Fenwick Group

Jarrolds, Norwich

John Lewis & Partners

Nicholls, Abergavenny, Brecon and Crickhowell

Best Non-Specialist Retailer Of Gifts

The Apple Orchard, West Wycombe

Bring The Outside In, Wells-Next-The-Sea

Broadway Tower Country Park, Broadway

Colchester Zoo, Colchester

Natural History Museum Gift Shop, London

Williams Of Audlem, Audlem

Best Garden Centre Retailer Of Gifts

Bernaville Nursery, Cowley

Blue Diamond Group

Longacres, Bagshot

Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree

Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Orpington

The Old Railway Garden Centre, Brecon

Best In-Store/Window Display

Brocante, Charlestown, Fowey, Mevagissey, Perranporth and St Ives

Etcetera, Hitchin

Home Interiors, Thirsk

Garsons, Esher and Titchfield

MiMi, Hartley Wintney and Wokingham

Mooch, Bewdley and Stourport-On-Severn

Best Retailer Initiative

The Herbary, Troon – for its Calling All Sock Testers promotion

Highworth Emporium, Highworth – for its Shop Like A Royal At Highworth Emporium promotion

Maybugs, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Hailsham – for its Supporting Independents This Christmas Campaign

Perrywood Garden Centre, Tiptree – for its Step Back in Time initiative

Serendipty House, Kirkham – for Its Live Live event

Lovely Libby’s, Rayleigh – for its Christmas Gift Guide-themed Lives

All winners, including the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award, will be revealed at The Gift Awards on Thursday, 11 May, at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

For the second year in succession, this incredible event will bring together The Giftware Association’s Gift Of The Year Awards and The Greats gift retailer awards, organised and owned by Max Publishing, publishers of Progressive Gifts & Home/GiftsandHome.net.

At this glittering event, both gift product excellence and retail prowess will be recognised and rewarded in a true celebration of both sides of the UK gift industry.

Tickets and tables for the awards can be booked via the Max Publishing digital box office event here, or by contacting event organiser Createvents via clare@createvents.co.uk or 0118 334 0085. To find out more about The Gift Awards and book tickets, visit www.thegiftawards.com or  www.thegreatsawards.co.uk.

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