We’re still on cloud nine after the most magical evening crowning the winners of this year’s Boutique Star Awards! After all the uncertainty over the past few years, it was just wonderful to get so many amazing indie owners and brands together in one room to celebrate our industry.
Reading all your entries over the past few months and seeing how you’ve overcome the many challenges retailers have been faced with since the start of the pandemic was truly inspirational. It was an emotional experience for the Boutique team to witness the sheer joy of all the winners (and finalists) at the awards ceremony.
We’d like to thank every single person who entered this year’s competition and those who joined us for our celebration at The May Fair Hotel. We’d like to congratulate all the winners as well as every brand and boutique that made it onto the shortlist this year – the standard was extremely high, so this is an amazing achievement in its own right. We hope you will share your Boutique Star Awards Winner or Finalist status with immense pride.
We’re so grateful to the fantastic judging panel – Anne Wright, Andrew Goodacre, Wizz Selvey and Sally Dawes – who took time out of their busy schedules to help us decide the ultimate winners. And of course we thank our award sponsors City Goddess, ELISA, Naeco and Just Around the Corner (JATC) because hosting the event simply wouldn’t have been possible without them. They are leading the way in being true small business champions and we’re so grateful for their support.
This issue includes a full round-up of the awards and winners’ party. So, to find out who won what, turn to our six-page special starting on page 12. And if you couldn’t make it to our event this year, don’t worry – we’ll be doing it all again in 2023!
Gemma Ward, Editor
The November 2022 issue of Boutique magazine is out now.