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The Journal (NE Business) featured HaveToLove winning the Drapers Award for Best New Business 2007.
New Kid in Town Wins Top Fashion Award
Fashion boutique in Gosforth, Newcastle has won a prestigious national award just a year after opening for business.
Entrepreneurial owner Kate Walton picked up the Best New Business Prize at the Drapers' Awards 2007 held at the Grosvener House Hotel in London. Kate beat off competition from across the UK and Ireland to win the award, part of an event held by fashion retail bible The Drapers Record.
The award was judged on overall performance, sales figures, staff, brands sold and the overall look of the shop. Kate said "This is fantastic for a business like mine because its such a prestigious fashion award."
"Ive only been open a year so it's a great start. The award puts us on the map and its great for Newcastle too - it puts us on the map as a fashion capital. I am looking at expanding in the next year, both upstairs in the exsisting shop and maybe another shop somewhere in the north.
"We've also just brought out a website and we will be marketing that more than we have been doing."
The Best New Business Award was one of 19 statuettes presented in a ceremony hosted by comedian Simon Amstell. The awards citation said: "The HaveToLove boutique, in the style of a luxury boudoir, exemplifies everything that is great about a new fashion retail buisiness.
"An up to the minute and on-trend product mix from brands such as Anna Rita N, J Brand and Pinko is combined with an impeccably well maintained shop decorated in a retro feminine palette of hot pink and black.
"Customer service is a real focus of havetolove, with owner Kate Walton and assistant Jill Hodgson warm, welcoming and knowledgeable about their wares.
"An impressive range of professional and personal marketing activities show that this store has its marketing and promotional head firmly screwed on. There is a bright future for this exciting shop."
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