Six months after opening its new flagship store, independent jeweller Green + Benz has won the coveted title of Retailer of the Year at the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards.
As well as Retailer of the Year, Green + Benz also took the title of Best New Store following the relocation of its Chesterfield store on Glumangate, to 120sqm of premium retail space on South Street in December last year.
The increased space means Green + Benz can accommodate an open shop floor, a private viewing room and a workshop for bespoke commissions. Inside, the store boasts luxurious leather and velvet upholstery, glittering chandeliers and individual branded display bays which are framed by polished chrome edge details and numerous mirrors, which all adds to the overall sense of glamour of the store. Figures for Green + Benz showed a 68% overall growth in prior year sales results in December 2015 following the opening of the new store.
Manager of the Chesterfield store, Abi Noakes was presented with both awards at the sell-out award ceremony. She said: “We were overwhelmed and very proud and happy to receive the awards. It means so much that the awards have come from Chesterfield and everybody in Chesterfield. We really try and strive to make our clients ultra-happy and give them the best service that we can.”
The awards which returned for the third year running were the biggest yet and saw fellow jeweller, Adorn Jewellers also scoop two awards; Excellence in Customer Service and Jewellery and Accessories Retailer of the Year.
Peter Swallow, chairman of Destination Chesterfield said: “Once again the retail awards were a huge success and highlighted how strong Chesterfield’s retail scene is. The town has an excellent mix of independent and high street retailers as well as an historic market and a key reason why so many people, locally and nationally, visit each year. It’s a winning mix that consistently sees Chesterfield buck the trend for shop vacancy rates, contributing significantly to our growing economy.”
The awards are organised by Destination Chesterfield and supported by members of the business community, who not only sponsored individual awards but also the actual ceremony. As well as the category sponsors, other supporters of the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards included the University of Derby, eBusiness Works and the Derbyshire Times.