The Greats Awards 2020 Went Virtual This Year

The UK’s best giftware retailers were unveiled at a digital awards ceremony on September 30
With large gatherings still banned in the UK, The Greats 2020 gift retailer awards event took place digitally on Wednesday September 30 when the winners were announced to a huge online audience. You can watch the ceremony here.
“We have held-off making the decision about The Greats as long as possible, recognising their importance not just to the worthy finalists, but the gift industry as a whole, as a highly enjoyable networking event,” explained Jakki Brown, joint managing director of Max Publishing, owners and organisers of The Greats.  “However, with the ongoing effects of Covid-19 precluding us from bringing everyone together physically in September, creating a virtual ceremony seemed the best option for this year.”
The digital Greats Awards event nevertheless still saw the cream of gift retail recognised and rewarded at a snappy, online ‘ceremony’ screened from from 7.30pm-8:15pm on Wednesday 30 September that was free to attend by all Greats finalists, as well as other retailers, gift suppliers and agents, their families and friends.
As Sue Marks, editor of Progressive Gifts & Home and adds: “Over the past 18 years, The Greats Awards have become one of the most exciting and hugely anticipated occasions in the gift industry’s calendar, and while we are all extremely sad that we won’t be able to hold the event in its physical format this year, this way we could still celebrate the outstanding winners and finalists who have shown true grit and determination in confronting the challenges of the current situation.”
Sue also paid tribute to The Greats sponsors, who have all given their support to the change in format for this year, as well as their ongoing commitment to The Greats 2021.
The Greats 2020 sponsors include (in alphabetical order):
Candlelight; Gift Republic;; Gisela Graham; Good Housekeeping; Harrogate Christmas & Gift; Joe Davies; Progressive Gifts & Home; Premier Decorations; Progressive Greetings Live; Spring Fair and Autumn Fair; Wrendale Designs and The Giftware Association.
Looking ahead to 2021, The Greats Awards will be held on 23 September at a lunchtime/afternoon event the Honorary Artillery Club (HAC) in London.
The UK gift and home industry is dynamic, innovative and vibrant and The Greats reflect all of this and much more. Be a part of it! The Greats Awards are owned and organised by Max Publishing and Progressive Gifts & Home Worldwide.