Coles of Sidmouth secures two award nominations

Hilary Hayes from Coles of Sidmouth has reached the final eight of a national competition.

Hilary Hayes from Coles of Sidmouth has reached the final eight of a national competition. - Credit: Archant

An ‘exceptional’ window dresser from Sidmouth has reached the final of a national competition.

Hilary Hayes, who works at Coles, is one of eight finalists in the ‘employee of the year’ category of the Retas awards.

The senior sales assistant and window dresser was nominated by her employers Colin and Kylie Cramb for her ‘enticing’ displays.

The annual competition honours the country’s best greeting card retailers and employees.

Colin said: “She [Hilary] came with the shop and we are happy that she did. She has been the hidden gem of the business.

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“Hilary often does design work and craft work for the window displays at home in her own time.”

Hilary, who has been with the business for more than four years, has dazzled customers and passers-by with her window displays.

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Last year, her design won first prize in the chamber of commerce’s Christmas window competition.

Kylie said: “Hilary usually arrives early to work and at times has to be gently nudged out of the door to go home as she is keen to stay and help.”

The High Street shop has also bagged a place in the Retas ‘best independent greeting card retailer in the South West’. after impressing industry experts and judges.

If successful, the retailer would be eligible for the national ‘best independent greeting card retailer’ award.

Colin and wife Kylie took over the shop and its staff in December 2015.

He said: “We feel proud to be a finalist as we know that the greetings card industry has recognised attributes about our shop that they believe are worth celebrating. We are also following a proud tradition as the previous owners of the shop, Jim and Sandra Cole, were also a finalist in 2011.”

Jakki Brown, co-owner of Progressive Greetings magazines, said: “The Retas awards celebrate the very finest greeting card retail stockists in the UK.”

The winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 12, at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

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