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Gift retailer, Williams of Audlem, has just scooped a retail "Oscar" for best Independent Gift Retailer of the Year for the UK's North, and Northern Ireland region.

Oscar for Williams
Oscar for Williams

Pictured above is owner/ manager, Judy Evans receiving her trophy at the awards ceremony at the glittering Grosvenor House Hotel, London's Park Lane on May 15th.

Hundreds of guests made a beeline to see the winners crowned at The Greats Awards 2019' including the cream of gift retail, leading gift suppliers, trade show organisers and gift industry reps and agents, organised by leading giftware trade magazine Progressive Gifts & Home.

The ceremony's theme was Taking A Walk On The Wild Side; it was a fabulous occasion, with everyone enjoying a magnificent lunch, created by the chefs at the Grosvenor House, along with stand-up comedy from comedian and Greats compere Henry Paker.

Williams of Audlem was started in 1862 by Judy's great, great grandfather Eli Williams, and has been in her family ever since. She took over the shop from her parents in 2013 and has been working hard to keep the character of the original shop, whilst developing the business to ensure it survives and thrives over the next 150 years!

Developing her card and gift range over the past 15 years has been her passion, and certainly one that has paid off, with recognition at the highest level, in the form of this prestigious national award.She dedicated the award to her late father Derek McKelvey, who passed away earlier this year- he had formerly run the business with Judy's mother, Megan, for over 45 years.

Judy, and her shop, also recently appeared on the BBC's "The Repair Shop" which featured her great grandfather's cash register.