Our awards


We are delighted to announce that About Living has been awarded the Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories in the UK at the Greats Retail Awards 2014.

A huge thanks, as always, to our fabulous customers for their never-ending support - we couldn't do it without you!


The Greats 2014

About Living is, yet again, recognised as one of the best gift retailers in the UK!

The Greats Awards, now in their 12th year, were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home to recognise and reward the UK's very best gift retailers across the retail spectrum.

These dedicated awards for gift retailers have risen immeasurably in status over the years and are now universally acknowledged as being true accolades of excellence.

We have reached the final of 2 categories:

Best Gift Retailer of Jewellery & Fashion Accessories - UK

Independent Gift Retailer of the Year - Scotland

The winners will be announced at a fabulous Greats Awards ceremony – which will be floral themed, hence the 'Blooming' Greats - which will take place on Thursday May 8, 2014, at the glittering Savoy Hotel in London, overlooking the River Thames.


East Renfrewshire Business Awards 2013

We are delighted to announce that we have reached the final of this year’s East Renfrewshire’s Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The awards aim to showcase the achievements of businesses within East Renfrewshire which serve the community and are helping to drive local economy.

John Hamilton, President of East Renfrewshire Chamber explains, "The East Renfrewshire Business Awards are a great opportunity for local businesses to demonstrate excellence and gain widespread recognition for their achievements.

Our nomination for the Best Retailer of the Year award is an exciting honour which tops off a brilliant few months – also seeing us reach the final of the Greats Gift Awards, after being nominated for Best Independent Retailer in the UK. The winners will be revealed at a black tie gala dinner on Thursday June 6th.

Thank you to all our customers for their continued support.


The Greats 2013

About Living is, yet again, recognised as one of the best gift retailers in the UK!

We are proud to announce that we reached the final of the Greats Gift Awards for the second year running - this time in two separate categories. Not only this, but our nomination for Best Lifestyle, Homeware & Gift Store was this year part of the UK-wide category - an impressive step up from last year's Scottish category nomination!

We are also delighted to announce that one of our employees - Ilana Herd - is a finalist in the Retail Employee of the Year category. It is a great honour to be nominated, and especially alongside such fierce nationwide competition.

Thank you to all our customers for their support over the last 6 years!


The Greats 2012 – The Best Gift Retailers in the UK

About Living is one of the best gift retailers in the UK – it’s official!

The finalists of this year’s gift retailing awards - affectionately known as The Greats, the Oscars of gift retailing – was revealed at a glittering awards event at London’s Lancaster Hotel on Thursday 17 May.

About Living in Giffnock, Glasgow’s leading homeware and gift store won their category and took home the trophy for Best Independent Gift Retailer of The year in Scotland. Managing Director, Gary Hogan (28) said, “ I am just so excited to have won this prestigious award. It is great to be recognised by industry professionals. A big thank you to all of our customers who have supported us over the last 5 ½ years.”

"We pride ourselves on selecting the best homeware, jewellery, gifts and cards on offer from around the world. We look at the latest trends, colours and designs and work with some of the most desirable brands – and all products are hand-picked in order to stand out from the typical department store – and it’s very satisfying to be recognized by our peers with this award.”

“The outlet offers a great mix of homeware and gifts including; kitchenware, glassware, candles, jewellery, bags and cards. Brands available in-store and online include; Alessi, Joseph Joseph, Le Creuset, Tresor Paris, Coeur De Lion, Pilgrim, Jelly Cat, Nougat London and Korres.

The Greats were launched by Progressive Gifts & Home magazine in 2003, in recognition of the tremendous contribution that retailers, both large and small, make to the success of the gift industry. Now in their tenth year, The Greats are established as the premier awards event of the year. It brings together the entire industry for a night of celebration.

The Greats recognise and celebrate not only the top independent and multiple gift retailers regionally and nationally, but also the new breed of gift retailers as well as outstanding retail employees.

Further details can be found at www.thegreatsawards.co.uk.

A big thanks to all of our customers for their support over the last 5 years.

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