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Indie Tracey collects Northern Ireland award for best giftshop


HOMEMADE Beautiful have come out tops in the Giftshop Of The Year category at last night’s Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards.

The second annual awards saw smiling owner Tracey pick up the trophy for her Ballycastle store at the Crowne Plaza Belfast Hotel ceremony.
And Book Shop Of The Year went to Belfast’s Coffee & Heroes in the competition organised by Creative Oceanic which culminated in the presentations for numerous independent retail categories yesterday, Thursday, August 22.
Creative Oceanic CEO Irfan Younis said: “Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the 2nd Northern Ireland Independent Retail Awards 2019.
“We were delighted to host such exceptional and hardworking people who make such brilliant role models and are leading a new generation of small business owners to success. We’re excited to see what next year holds and to watch how the campaign evolves over the years.”
On August 14, the Irish Independent Retail Awards saw the Liber Bookshop in Sligo and Lowry’s Sweater & Giftshop in Clifden take the titles in their respective categories in the presentation at The Crowne Plaza Hotel Blanchardstown hosted by bestselling author Andrea Hayes.
A spokesperson said: “These awards are the leading celebration of the independent retailers that work tirelessly to serve the Irish communities. The event provided a platform to showcase the ongoing commitment of those who treat every customer as a friend, stand as an important part of local communities, where their great service and value, result in the return of loyal locals to their retails.
“We really appreciate the response from the public that was so keen to get involved in our nomination process and voted for some incredible independent retailers. The competition was fierce and therefore, we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their amazing achievements.
In addition, the awards supported the Make-A-Wish Ireland, an organisation that grants magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

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