Fresh in Marriott’s Walk Shopping Centre, Witney reached the finals of the retail industry’s prestigious awards, The RETA’s last week at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Paul Hobbs, Owner, said, “Whilst we were disappointed not to have won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award we were thrilled to be finalists especially as we have only been open for 10 months,”
The independent card and gifts store opened last October and is the first ever business for its owner Paul of Witney.
Paul added, “opening our first store has been a real challenge. Feedback however has been fantastic and supportive which is great motivation as we develop the business by launching our online shop and website www.freshcardsgifts.co.uk”
All the finalists in all the retail categories were arrived at as a result of huge nationwide nomination process. Earlier this year, UK greeting card publishers, card reps and agents nominated the retailers that they felt to be the worthy winners in each of the categories.
The RETA’s awards, launched in 2005 by Progressive Greetings Worldwide magazine, recognise excellence across the whole retail spectrum, from independents on the high streets, to the mini chains, national multiples, garden centres, department stores and supermarkets.
Fresh was also runner up ‘Best New Business’ in the West Oxfordshire Business Awards held earlier in the year.