The success of the Welsh retail industry was celebrated at the first ever Welsh Independent Retail Awards 2017, which were attended by 200 guests at Portland House, Cardiff on Thursday, October 26th.
The awards seek to acknowledge local businesses. Winners are a true reflection of quality and customer service as they are chosen by members of the general public.
The Welsh Independent Retail Awards highlight the value of independent retailers to the communities they operate in, and try to recognise and reward the entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen which lies behind the thriving industry, which has been contributing greatly to the economic growth of the country.
The glamorous event was hosted by Capital FM presenters, Polly James and Matt Lissack.
Irfan Younis, CEO of organizers Creative Oceanic, said: “We were delighted to see so many people attending the inaugural Welsh Independent Retail Awards. It has been a fantastic evening and we are humbled and honoured by the positive response we have received. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners.”
As well as supporting independent retailers, the awards also raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
'Bespoke Retailer of the Year' was won by 'The Little Welsh Dresser' in Llandeilo.
'The Little Welsh Dresser' is a family owned shop that sells a beautiful collection of Welsh gifts and decorations, and also sells Chalk Paint™, a decorative paint by Annie Sloan. If you're interested in upcycling some of your own furniture, pop in and have a chat with them – they also offer bespoke tuition, courses and can even paint your furniture for you!
Benedict, the owner of the shop said "We're delighted to have won the award, we work really hard to offer a unique and bespoke service to our customers - and this award feels like our hard work is really appreciated - a big thank you to all our customers!"
The award is taking pride of place in the shop window! #IndependentRetailAwards
So this just happened! We only went and won! 'Bespoke Retailer of the Year" at 'The Welsh Independent Retail Awards'!! #IndependentRetailAwards
Just arrived! These new match pots by Glosters in Porthmadog hold a 10cm match and you can strike the match on the unglazed clay!
You'll find a little taste of Christmas in the shop over the next few days - starting with these rather sweet hanging decorations by Love and Lovelier. Dathlu - Celebrate Dedwydd - Blessed Llawenydd - Joy