The Greats And The Good

Underneath the glittering chandeliers of the Grosvenor House Hotel, 400 of the ‘Greats’ and the good from the gift industry (and a fair few from the greeting card trade too!) gathered at The Great Gatsby-themed Greats gift retail awards event last Thursday (May 17) which saw indies, multiples, department stores and garden centres feted with the sector’s top accolades.

“It has never been more competitive or challenging, and retailers have never had to wear so many hats, be they entrepreneur, buyer, marketeer, merchandiser, social media expert and so much more,” said Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts and Home (part of Max Publishing, which owns The Greats) in her welcome speech paying tribute to those retailers who have risen to the challenges with great aplomb as reflected in the impressive winners’ list.

The event was hosted by Pippa Evans, who impressed and entertained the audience with a witty ditty she wrote especially, about a trip to your local gift shop (see YouTube clip below).

For Amanda Oscroft, co-owner of Love it in Stamford and Bury St Edmunds The Greats 2018 was doubly memorable. Not only did Love It win a Best Independent Gift Retailer – East Anglia, but together with Rachael Barnes (of Dragonfly in Knaresborough) and Janet Stow (of Love Letters in Anlaby), Amanda was invited to draw the charity raffle, in aid of The Light Fund (which raised £3,680) in recognition of the ladies’ respective significant birthdays.

View all the winners here

View the photos from The Greats 2018 event here

(Left-right) Dragonfly’s Rachael Barnes, Love It’s Amanda Oscroft and Love Letters’ Janet Stow were invited to draw the charity raffle as they are celebrating their 40th, 50th and 60th birthdays respectively.
(Left-right) Dragonfly’s Rachael Barnes, Love It’s Amanda Oscroft and Love Letters’ Janet Stow were invited to draw the charity raffle as they are celebrating their 40th, 50th and 60th birthdays respectively.
All the winners of The Greats on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel last Thursday with host, Pippa Evans at the front with PG&H’s Sue Marks and Angie Bryant.
All the winners of The Greats on stage at the Grosvenor House Hotel last Thursday with host, Pippa Evans at the front with PG&H’s Sue Marks and Angie Bryant.
PG columnist, Pozzi’s David Robertson (right) who won the Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery award with fellow Scots Constance and Hamish Wemyss of The Gift in Beauly which won Best Independent Gift Shop - Scotland.
PG columnist, Pozzi’s David Robertson (right) who won the Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery award with fellow Scots Constance and Hamish Wemyss of The Gift in Beauly which won Best Independent Gift Shop – Scotland.
Danilo’s md Daniel Prince (right) won the ‘Higher or Lower’ elimination game, who was presented with the prize of a magnum of champagne, some coupes and a special edition of The Great Gatsby from PG’s co-owner Warren Lomax.
Danilo’s md Daniel Prince (right) won the ‘Higher or Lower’ elimination game, who was presented with the prize of a magnum of champagne, some coupes and a special edition of The Great Gatsby from PG’s co-owner Warren Lomax.
Gift company, Joe Davies won the Gold Best Service to the Independent Gift Retailer at The Greats 2018.
Gift company, Joe Davies won the Gold Best Service to the Independent Gift Retailer at The Greats 2018.
It was a ‘Mooch-off’. Two of the three finalists with shops called Mooch tested their muscle power. Mooch in Ealing’s Evelyn O’Flaherty and Sandra O’Connell v Mooch Gifts & Home in Stourport-on-Severn’s Jon May and Luke Jacks!
It was a ‘Mooch-off’. Two of the three finalists with shops called Mooch tested their muscle power. Mooch in Ealing’s Evelyn O’Flaherty and Sandra O’Connell v Mooch Gifts & Home in Stourport-on-Severn’s Jon May and Luke Jacks!
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