Pawnbrokers H&T and The Money Shop among 2013 winners.
The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) held its annual conference and awards in London last week, toasting a selection of individuals and businesses from across the UK pawnbroking industry.
The evening, held at the Riverbank Park Plaza on Albert Embankment in London, aimed to recognise and toast excellence in pawnbroking.
Judges for this year’s NPA Awards included Fellows auction house managing director Stephen Whittaker, the Birmingham Assay Office Assay Master and chief executive Michael Allchin and NPA chief executive Ray Perry.
Perry said of this year’s awards: "It was wonderful to bring everyone together after the NPA conference during the day to jointly celebrate the pawnbroking industry and our members’ excellent work. Thanks to everyone that entered the different awards categories, the judges had a tough job selecting winners from the outstanding entries.
"We were also delighted to have raised over £12,000 for the NSPCC at the awards dinner in our charity auction. A huge thanks to all our members for their generosity."
The National Pawnbrokers Association 2013 Awards Winners
Store of the Year: The Gold Emporium, Manchester
Awarded following a complete store refit from scratch, strong displays, well thought out store layout, security in a challenging neighbourhood.
Community Contribution: Pickwick Pawnbrokers
Chosen for its heartfelt campaign that engaged all the staff and customers and raised money and awareness for a cancer charity.
New Member: Kampala Gold Ltd, Leicester
Awarded for its strong business development targeted at the Asian community.
Highly Commended: Hopkins & Jones Ltd, London
Rising Star: Gary Menzies, H&T
The 23-year-old was selected for his significant impact on the business, development and growth, great attitude and flexibility.
Employer of the Year: The Money Shop
The business was awarded for its strong staff motivation and development in pawnbroking, solid support and engagement at all levels. The Money Shop’s staff were found to enjoy their roles and were able to develop their careers.
Employee of the Year: Sue Griffiths, H&T
Griffiths was praised for her great results while also being a strong team player, putting the welfare of others first and helping them to achieve their goals.
The Pawnbroker Magazine Award for Best Trade Exhibitor: Gerrards Precious Metals Ltd