Gift store is best in South

Country House Gift Company owner Elaine Coles, with staff, at the Greats Gift Awards.

Country House Gift Company owner Elaine Coles, with staff, at the Greats Gift Awards. - Credit: Archant

A Winscombe businesswoman is ‘thrilled’ after her shop was crowned as one of the best gift retailers in the South of England.

The Country House Gift Company, in Woodborough Road, won the best newcomer category at the Greats Gift Awards, which took place at the Savoy Hotel in London.

The shop saw off formidable competition from across London, the South of England and Wales to take home the prestigious prize.

Owner Elaine Coles said: “I’m absolutely thrilled about winning. It is just fantastic.

“The award was so heavy, I couldn’t carry it off the stage. I had to get someone to help me.


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“The award is now in the window of the shop and we’ve had the loveliest comments and feedback from our customers. People are overjoyed and are telling us we’ve really put Winscombe, and North Somerset in general, on the map.”

Ms Coles opened the shop in 2013 and credited her success to her ‘amazing’ team of staff.

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She said: “This award is the result of a real team effort.

“Everyone is really passionate about the business and goes the extra mile to help customers.”

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