The Welsh Independent Retail Awards 2019 honour the excellence in the retail industry

The Welsh Independent Retail Awards 2019 are back once again to celebrate the country’s independent retailers that enhance the local community and economy.

Creative Oceanic has been recognising thriving retailers and initiatives across a wide range of categories for more than 9 years in various cities across the UK.

The black-tie ceremony will take place on Monday April 30th at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff and will gather the best independent retailers that Wales has to offer, who work hard to provide their customers with exceptional services that are second to no-one.

The awards aim to recognise those whose entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to customer satisfaction and ethos have helped them stand out amongst the rest and put them forward to get the recognition they deserve.

They will also showcase the efforts of those suppliers that firstly understand the customers expectations and secondly focus on delivering good quality, making them one of the most respected retailers in their field.

A Spokesperson for the Welsh Independent Retail Awards 2019 said: “These awards aim to highlight that having an exceptional financial performance throughout the year is not sufficient itself to make a retailer winner. The winners will also have to demonstrate that they have been interactive with the changes that are taking place across the retail industry.

“Undoubtedly, independent retailers are vital factors for the Welsh economy as they make huge contributions to the country’s revenue by creating employment opportunities and enhancing the communities they operate within.

“The competition is really tough this year, but each finalist has built their own strategy and created great teams which have made them top contenders in this year’s Welsh Independent Retail Awards. We can’t wait to welcome our guests and celebrate the 2019 winners with them.

“We would like to wish all the finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists of the Welsh Independent Retail Awards 2019 are:

Fashion & Accessories Retailer of the Year

Fashion (Neath)

Goose Island (Mumbles)

Zia Boutique (Cardiff)

Gallery Boutique (Barry)

Kindle House (Ystradgynlais)

Her Dandy Wolf (Aberystwyth)

Pollys (Aberystwyth)

Madame Foner (Swansea)

Mari Thomas Jewellery (Llandeilo)


Independent Furniture Retailer of the Year

Aspirations UK (Barry)

ARBOL house (Deeside)

Arthur Llewellyn Jenkins (Swansea)

Hafren Furnishers (Llanidloe)

Pieces for Places (Barmouth)

Coast Road Furniture (Deeside)

Jacob’s Antique Centre (Cardiff)

MFC the SOFA store (Swansea)

George Street Furnishers (Newport)


Opticians of the Year

Julian Davies Opticians (Cardiff)

Chalmers Opticians (Cardiff)

Stephen Evans Optometrists (Swansea)

Paul Harries Opticians (Carmarthen)

Arbuthnot Opticians (Barry)

Parish Opticians (Cardiff)

M R C Searle Optometrist (Llandudno)

Judith Roberts Opticians (Swansea)

Morrice-Evans Opticians (Rhyl)

Jones & Jones (Barry)


Dry Cleaners of the Year

Cleaning World (Llandudno)

Evergreen Dry Cleaners (Deeside)

Pick Up & Press (Newport)

Briscombe Cleaning Services (Barry)

Ashburne (Hengoed)

David Barnes Dry Cleaning and Laundry (Cardiff)

Madog Cleaners (Porthmadog)

White City Laundry & Dry Cleaners (Caerphilly)

Drift-In Launderette & Dry Cleaners (Cardiff)


Electrical Retailer of the Year

Kitchen Economy (Cardiff)

Radiocraft Sonus (Cardiff)

Budd Electrical (Cardiff)

Vaughans Panasonic & Bose Store (Cardiff)

Audio T (Cardiff)

Uplands Car Radios (Cardiff)

Baker’s Television & Electrical (Bridgend)

Princes TV and Video (Shropshire)

Hi-Fi Western (Newport)

Carmarthen Camera Centre (Carmarthen)


Pharmacy of the Year

Mayberry Pharmacy (Newport)

Pearn’s Pharmacies Limited (Penarth)

Pritchards Pharmacy (Prestatyn)

Griffiths Pharmacy (Deeside)

Castle Pharmacy (Neath)

Malpas Pharmacy (Newport)

R.M.Jones Pharmacy (Hereford)

Bulwark Pharmacy (Chepstow)

Newport Pharmacy (Newport)

Clifton Pharmacy (Cardiff)


Specialist Retailer of the Year

Salt and Pepper (Monmouth)

Village Crafts (Gwynedd)

The Little Chilli Shop (Beaumaris)

Cariad Cards Gifts & Ballons (Denbigh)

Florrie’s Craft Shop (Maesteg)

Driftwood designs (Aberystwyth)

Perham Prints (Rhyl)

Baravelli’s (Conwy)

For Every Occasion Balloon Artists  (Rhyl)

Glosters (Porthmadog)


Cycle Retailer of the Year

The Bike Shop (Penarth)

The Framed Bicycle Co. (Llanberis)

Ride Bikes Wales (Pontyclun)

Evolution Bikes (Bangor)

EC Cycles (Merthyr Tydfi)

Bridgend Cycle Centre (Bridgend)

The Bike Shed (Cardiff)

The Bike Hub (Swansea)

Sunset Cycles (Cardiff)


Independent Sports Retailer of the Year

Shop Rugby (Cardiff)

Run and Become (Cardiff)

Mel Morgan Sports (Gwent)

Ffigar Sports (Aberystwyth)

Basstastic Fishing Supplies (Swansea)

Macey Sports (Newport)

Queensferry Sports (Queensferry)

Dragon Field Sports (Wrexham)

Macron Store (Swansea)

Rugby Heaven (Cwmbran)


Book Shop of the Year

Browsers Bookshop (Porthmadog)

Octavo’s Book Cafe and Wine Bar (Cardiff)

Siop Yr Hen Bost (Blaenau Ffestiniog)

Richard Booth’s Bookshop (Hereford)

Ystwyth Books (Aberystwyth)

Troutmark Books (Cardiff)

Books Llangollen (Llangollen)

Palas Print (Caernarfon)

Bookish (Crickhowell)


Butcher of the Year

Martin Player High Class Butcher (Cardiff)

Marshall Butcher (Barry)

Vic Hopkins & Son Family Butchers (Barry)

Andrews Family Butchers (Maesteg)

Cashell Butchers & Delicatessen (Crickhowell)

G. Owen & Son (Caernarfon)

Martin Player High Class Butcher (Cardiff)

Eynon’s of St Clears (Carmarthen)

Rikki Lloyd (Welshpool)


Fresh Produce Provider of the Year

Home & Colonial Fine Foods (Porthcawl)

Watson & Pratt’s (Lampeter)

Fresh and Fruity (Gilfach goch)

Strawberry Fields (Keighley)

Wisebuys (Pembroke)

Choice Is Yours (Swansea)

Frosty’s Green Grocers (Swansea)

Gerwyn’s Fruit & Veg (Llandeilo)

Apricots Greengrocers (Llanrumney)

Four Seasons Grocer & Florist (Tenby)


Fishmonger of the Year

Mermaid Seafoods (Llandudno)

The Fishmonger’s Cat (Porthcawl)

Jonah’s Fish Market (Aberystwyth)

Simply Seafood (Tenby)

Blas Y Mor (Porthmadog)

Ashton (Cardiff)

Tucker’s Fresh and Frozen Seafood (Swansea)

Coakleys (Swansea)

Conwy Mussels Company (Conwy)

Llyn Seafoods (Pwllheli)


Convenience Retailer of the Year

Spar Market (Pwllheli)

Cletwr Shop (Machynlleth)

Aberaeron Stores (Aberaeron)

Supermarket ABC (Newport)

Channings (Cardiff)

Radyr Court News (Cardiff)

Suri’s News T’s Family Shopper (Caerphilly)

Caerau Lane Super Stores (Cardiff)

Uplands News (Swansea)

West CrossNews / Nisa (Swansea)


Independent Pet Supplies Store of the Year

PetzWorld Wales (Mountain Ash)

Contact Pets (Deeside)

Killay Pet Shop   (Swansea)

Chepstow Pet Supplies (Chepstow)

Bridgend Reptiles & Aquatics (Bridgend)

Petwise Aquatics (Pontypridd)

My Favourite Pet Shop (Barry)

Enterprise Pet Supplies (Swansea)

B & T Parrots & Pet Supplies (Cwmbran)

Pisces Exotic Pets & Grooming (Newport)


Independent Jewellery Store of the Year

Northern Star Bespoke Jewellery Limited (Penarth)

Anne Morgan Jewellery (Penarth)

The Diamond Centre Wales (Pontyclun)

Angela Evans Jewellery (Gwynedd)

Brooklinde Jewellery (Cardiff)

Barr & Co Jewellery (Llandeilo)

Jonathan David Jewellers (Cardiff)

Jewellery Studio (Cardiff)

Emma Kate Jewellery (Cardiff)


Auto Garage & Accessories Provider of the Year

Euro Performance Limited (Llantrisant)

Newbridge Motors Wales (Newport)

AVW – Bosch Car Service (Caernarfon)

Flat Out Alloys (Cardiff)

Tyresave (Deeside)

Road Runner Motor Parts (Pontypridd)

Welsh Dragon (Llanelli)

Car Care (Monmouth)

West Wales Rally Spares (Llandysul)

Mon & Border Motor Factors (Cwmbran)


Menswear Retailer of the Year

Mojo King (Cardiff)

Moustache (Swansea)

Cayzers Menswear (Newport)

Oxford House Menswear (Bridgend)

Vaughan Davies (Mold)

King Fox Menswear (Cowbridge)

Chambers Clothing Co. (Newtown)

Jackie James Menswear (Carmarthen)

Seven Clothing (Cardiff)


Soft Furnishing Supplier of the Year

Julia Jones (Colwyn Bay)

Jaybee Soft Furnishings (Abergavenny)

Coach House Interiors (Westerham)

Topaz Soft Furnishings (Port Talbot)

Sue Lamb Blinds & Curtains (Mold)

Meridian Blinds & Curtains (Caerphilly)

Curtain Magic (Colwyn Bay)

The Curtain Company (Newport)

Blinds and Curtains (Newport)


Flooring Retailer of the Year

A Dean Carpets and Flooring (Carmarthen)

Local Flooring and Tiles (Cardigan)

Carpet Fit Wales (Aberdare)

Mandarin Stone (Monmouth)

Gaskins Carpets & Beds (Colwyn Bay)

Mercury Carpets & Flooring (Swansea)

Coastal Carpets (Abergele)

Richard Jones Carpets   (Barry)

Quality Carpets Direct (Cardiff)

Celtic Flooring (Cardiff)


Women’s Fashion Boutique of the Year

Emily Kate (Treorchy)

Phria Ladies Boutique (Neath)

Boutique Box (Rhondda)

Lunancy Boutique (Port Talbot)

The Queen B Boutique (Penarth)

Boutique 53 (Cardiff)

L’Armoire Designer Ladies Boutique (Llanidloes)

Baroque Boutique & Beauty (Abergavenny)

So Chic  (Bangor)


Bespoke Retailer of the Year

Thatch Wears (Llandudno)

Celtic Brides (Cardiff)

Trendy Tots Baby Boutique (Merthyr Tydfil)

Wonder Stuff (Treorchy)

Cooper’s (Newport)

Salt and Pepper (Monmouth)

Moonlight Records (Wrexham)

Herbert Lewis (Chepstow)

The Brogue Trader (Cardiff)

Urban Wheels Skate Store (Tonypaddy)


Off License of the Year

Blas ar Fwyd (Conlwyn Bay)

Vinomondo (Conwy)

Stori Beer and Wine (Bala, Gwynedd)

Mumbles Fine Wines (Swansea)

Gwin Llŷn Wines (Pwllheli)

The Grape to Glass Wine Shop (Colwyn Bay)

Pop’n’Hops (Cardiff)


Bakery of the Year

Sandbank Bakery (Rhyl)

Emzcakes Creative Café (Wrexham)

Little Valley Bakery (Swansea)

Pettigrew Bakeries (Cardiff)

Parsons Bakery (Cardiff)

Central Bakery  (Beaumaris)

The Angel Bakery (Abergavenny)

Bara Menyn Bakehouse & Cafe (Cardigan)

Myloaf (Cardiff)

LOAF Artisan Bread (Halton)


Hair Salon of the Year

Moncrieffe Hair (Criccieth)

Head Office Creative Hair Studios (Wrexham)

HeadQuarters Hair Design (Port Talbot)

Spirit Hair Team (Hengoed)

Phase 3 Hairdressing (Colwyn Bay)

Space Hairdressers (Newport)

The Hair Business Of Cowbridge (Cowbridge)

Burlesque Hair Co (Usk)

Nue Hair & Beauty Clinic (Ammanford)


Florist of the Year

Elimay’s Flowers (Buckley)

Centre of Attention (Brecon)

No.21 Flowers (Aberystwyth)

The Bloom Studio (Cardiff)

The Lily Pad Florist (Penarth)

Beautiful Lily Florist (Barry)

Blooming Gorgeous Floristry (Rhuddlan)

Costellos Floral Design (Denbigh)

The Florist (Penarth)


Coffee Shop of the Year

Steamin’ Mugs Limited (Carmarthen)

Kardomah (Swansea)

First Call Coffee (Swansea)

Seibiant Coffi (Conwy)

Cadwaladers (Criccieth)

Quantum Coffee Roasters (Cardiff)

Rogue Fox Coffee House (Newport)

Three Cliffs Coffee Shop (Swansea)

Parc Pantry (Newport)

Waterloo Tea (Cardiff)


Eatery of the Year

Belle Vue Inn (Llanybydder)

The Swigg (Swansea)

Mirrens Restaurant (Newtown)

Anna-Loka (Cardiff)

Jade Leaf Café (Abergele)

Hoogah Cafe Bar & Kitchen (Swansea)

Pitch Bar & Eatery (Cardiff)

Beach House Restaurant (Oxwich)

Hang Fire Southern Kitchen (Barry)

The Hellenic Eatery (Cardiff)


Beauty Salon of the Year

JoJo Beauty Studio (Brecon)

Belle Beauty (Bridgend)

Hashtag#mode (Rhuddlan)

Klee Hair & Nails (Prestatyn)

Visible Changes Hair and Beauty (Cardiff)

B’Spoilt Beauty Salon (Newport)

Vamp Beauty (Bangor)

Magic Nails & Beauty Salon (Newport)

Complexion Medispa (Caerleon)

Cardiff Beauty Clinic (Cardiff)


Gift Shop of the Year

Eclectica (Newport)

Personalize A Memory (Rhyl)

For Every Occasion Balloon Artists ltd  (Rhyl)

Annie & Lolo (Barry)

Homemade Wales (Barry)

Nest Cardiff (Rhiwbina)

Mockingbird Gifts (Abergavenny)

Welsh Gifts (Abergavenny)

The Welsh Gift & Craft Shop (Porthcawl)

The Groggshop (Pontypridd)

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