Drapers Independents Award judges described A Hume as – “a simply brilliant company”.
Archie and Karen Hume have run out of superlatives to describe their delight at winning not just one but two of the coveted Drapers Independents Awards 2014.
Earlier in the week they travelled south to attend a glittering awards lunch at The Brewery, London, hosted by Drapers, the UK’s leading authority on fashion retailing.
Drapers is the FT of the fashion world. The number one provider of news, views, information and analysis for the retail sector and Drapers Independents Awards recognise an increasingly important sector of the retail market.
On attending the awards lunch, Archie said:
“I was overwhelmed even before the awards were announced. This is our Oscars and as I looked around the room at the other guests and finalists I felt huge pride keeping such high company.’
‘Listening to the preamble as the speaker announced the award for Independent Retailer of the Year I thought, hmmm… they sound good, then I thought…..yes, we do that too…they sound a lot like us. Finally I realised just before they said our name that it was us. I had a huge lump in my throat and I was very grateful for the long walk to the stage.”
To receive a Drapers Independent Award is, as Archie says, akin to an actor bagging an Oscar, to win both the Best Independent Multichannel Operator and the overall winner prize, Independent Retailer of the Year puts A Hume Country Clothing in very elite company indeed.
Responding to the judges comments that:
“Unusually, we were unanimous in deciding the winner of all winners. I’d go so far as to say we were passionate about the A Hume business, which embodies all the best aspects of the modern independent clothing retailer.”
“It might be my name above the door but my contribution is just one piece in the puzzle. To have won Best Independent Multichannel Operator and Best Independent Retailer of the Year is recognition of the enormous talent, creativity and hard graft that not only our staff put into A Hume but of every person connected to our business. The agents and brands whose collections we sell, the guy who delivers the parcels – our success is not just down to the people who work for us but the people who work with us and shop with us. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dubarry of Ireland for inviting us to join their table at the Awards and for their continued support.”
In reaching their decision the judges noted A Hume’s role as a destination store and the important part independent retailers play within their local economies. High quality independent retailers are an essential component in the future of our towns and cities.
Research from The Local Data Company (LDC) shows, independents are leading the change on our high streets and are in fact the best hope for its survival. In 2013 across the top UK 500 town centres there has been a net growth of 424 independent shops, growing 0.4%, while multiple stores showed a net decline of 209 units (LDC).
There is no doubt that the regeneration works in Kelso town centre and the refurbishment works at A Hume’s shops in The Square and Horsemarket have contributed to the company’s success.
Reflecting on the awards Archie commented:
“Our town is looking great. We have fantastic independents in Kelso – shops, restaurants, hotels and cafes. Together their combined appeal helps us to draw visitors from far and wide. These awards, and the recognition they bring is good not just for us, but for the whole town of Kelso.”
It seems that Scots were well represented at the awards with fellow Scottish retailer Sisters Boutique in Falkirk awarded the prize of Best Young Fashion Independent of the Year.
Congratulations to all other winners and finalists.
Thank you to all our customers and those who’ve supported us through the years.
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