In February I was thrilled to receive an email from Bristol’s glossiest magazine to say that Eclectic Gift Shop had been shortlisted as their ‘Retailer of the Year’ at their uber-glam annual award ceremony, The Bristol Life Awards.
Eclectic Gift Shop has already been nationally recognised by The Federation of Small Businesses, Small Business Saturday and VISA; the three largest organisations to celebrate independent businesses in the UK; but as a Bristolian, there was something about this nomination that felt extra special as it celebrates the very best in my hometown.
The award ceremony is organised by The Bristol Life magazine and was due to take place in spring. They were determined for the show to go on, and so they hosted it online. All shortlisted businesses were welcomed to don their glad rags in their homes and to raise a glass and take part in a virtual event celebrating the very best of Bristol’s businesses across 22 categories.
Every business enjoyed the event in their ‘Zoom Rooms’ with all the other nominees in their category while thousands tuned in to watch the awards being streamed live on YouTube.
I soon ditched the high heels for a comfortable pair of slippers and enjoyed the ceremony with a cup of tea and biscuits from my living room. The ceremony was punctuated with inspiring stories and poems and was expertly co-presented by Greg Ingham, the Chief Executive of The Bristol Life magazine and rugby player, David Flatman.
Eclectic Gift Shop won ‘Retailer of the Year’.
Greg Ingham said, “Our judges were very much impressed by the way that you are helping energise the Hanham High Street community. You quite clearly have a civic approach to running business. Profitable within 3 months of opening and you strongly encourage business collaboration. Your story is impressive. You’re a real highlight of Hanham High Street.”