On the 6th September 2018, we held our third annual Independent Retailer Awards in partnership with iZettle. The evening was a celebration of the inspiring independents that make up the Trouva community, and we were delighted to welcome representatives from over 120 of the UK and Europe’s most exciting boutiques.
Welcomed at the door of our London headquarters by the enticing scent of summer blooms, guests left the September weather outside as they stepped into the space. Filled to bursting with fresh flowers by Trouva boutique Forest and their talented floristry team, The Fresh Flower Company, the space looked every bit as beautiful as it smelled.
After being greeted by the Trouva team, guests enjoyed delicious canapes by Funthyme catering, alongside ice cold beers from Meantime Brewing and, of course, plenty of bubbles. The drinks and conversation flowed as our boutique owners took the opportunity to speak with like-minded independents.
Throughout the event, our sponsors iZettle were on hand to discuss their services with our boutique community. With their innovative payment systems, iZettle is on a self-proclaimed mission to help small businesses succeed in a world of giants. We felt they were the perfect company for us to partner with for this event, and were delighted to have their support.
After they had the chance to get settled, our boutique owners gathered to enjoy a fireside chat between Trouva founders Alex, Mandeep and Glen, hosted by Jeff Taylor, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Courier Magazine. The discussion was informative and inspiring, and gave our community the opportunity to truly understand our founders’ motivation, as well as their hopes for the future of independent retail.
Shortly to follow was the main event of the evening; the Independent Retailer Awards. Designed to celebrate the successes of our independent community and voted for by you, the customer, the winners were as follows:
Following the awards, the evening’s festivities continued as our boutique owners got to know each other and the Trouva team. Before leaving, each boutique was given a handmade goody bag, filled with special gifts from Botanique, Creighton’s Chocolaterie, 58 Lifestyle, Seascape UK, 100 Acres Apothecary, Men’s Society, Urban Massage, Vita Coco, and Popchips.
Well done to all of our winners, and a huge thanks to all of our partners, suppliers, and of course, our boutiques, for making this year’s Independent Retailer Awards a truly unforgettable evening.
Header image: our Gifts and Lifestyle Boutique of the Year, Artisans and Adventurers.