About

ABOUT US

The Yard Creative is an award winning evidential design studio based in London. Our core design services include research, strategy, branding, physical space design and front-end digital. We are a team of passionate creatives that thrive on building great relationships with our clients and expert partners.

We are creative catalysts, partnering with brands that want to challenge their sector

Over the years we have found that the most fulfilling and challenging projects come from clients who have great aspirations for their brand. It might be intimidating for clients to disrupt the norm and push through the boundaries but we are here to support, encourage and light the way to create new benchmarks.

Our clients invest in us to do things differently with a variety of objectives. Whether raising sales or brand awareness, generating recognition from landlords or even creating something in the physical world that will go viral in the digital world. No challenge is too great!

Our Story

2006

  • Successful careers in interior design and digital user experience design
  • Want to deliver the best possible design solutions without politics or red tape
  • During an adventure to New Zealand hatched a plan to take the plunge
  • The Yard Creative was founded
  • Aim to: Be a true innovation house, provide a very personal level of service and to have a strong work life balance

2007

  • TYC started in our front room and grew from 2 to 4
  • Focus on retail interiors with customers at the heart of the experience
  • 1st proper studio in Wimbledon
  • Grew to 6

2008

  • New sectors: Food & Beverage and Transport
  • 1st ever What’s New Tour
  • 170 projects completed for Select Service Partners
  • Design the award winning way-finding for The Co-Operative

2009

  • World recession starts, TYC pushes on
  • New skillsets: Graphic design and Product design
  • Research used to provide design direction
  • 1st onboard retail project for Eurostar

2010

  • New office on Northcote Road, South London
  • 1st integrated digital retail project 
  • Strategic document for Railrest secures 18m€ worth of business

2011

  • 6 new concepts opened in Westfield Stratford, Olympic Park
  • Olive Oil and Oregano wins: Most Innovative Concept across Europe, ICSC
  • T2020 Trolley: Highly Commended, New Product Innovation, Cafe Society Awards

2012

  • Research and strategy firmly embedded in TYC design process 
  • Global project with BP to change the face of forecourt retail #changingsectors  

2013

  • Models Own Bottleshop: wins the esteemed Aurora and Mall Retail, BCSC OPAL Awards
  • Super creative team of 8 with varied skillsets and backgrounds 
  • Position Fuel Juices Bars as the UK’s leading mall juice brand

2014

  • NutriCentre opens to change the UK publics perception of health retail
  • Transforming clients brands, research based and innovation lead
  • Partnering with in-situ digital innovators to create connected spaces

2015

  • Incredible team of 10 designers, still evolving and sticking to our mantra
  • Models Own Bottleshop: Highly Commended, Mall Retail (2 yrs or more), BCSC OPAL Awards
  • Story Shop by World Vision opens to change the perception of high value donation

2016

  • Models Own Boxshop opens Westfield Stratford
  • The Story Shop by World Vision wins 6 retail and customer experience awards
  • Fortnum & Mason customer research project
  • Creation of extreme health brand PROTEIN HAUS.
  • John Wringe, ex WPP and The Mall, becomes our first ever Non Ex
  • Win RetailWeek award, FMBE awards, Sceptre award, Drum award and the BCSC Opal award

2017

  • TYC turns 10! 
  • Win FAB award, Revo Opal award and DBA Design Effectiveness award
  • Expand the studio to include ‘The Shed’
  • Team of 15 people
  • Launch World Vision Gen 2.0 with the Garden of Hope
  • Welcome Pan N Ice, Candy Mechanics, Socialites, My Cookie Dough, Love Lobster, Black+Blanc, iSmash, Laguna, Cactus, and the Worlds most luxurious bed company, Savoir Beds to our client list.

2018

  • Socialites Zero wins a Revo Opal Award for Mall Retail 2018
  • Garden of Hope by World Vision wins a Revo Opal Award for Mall Retail 2018
  • Dubai Lifestyle Project
  • Welcome Converse, John Lewis, Nike, Mount Anvil, Quintain, Dominvs, Unilever and Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield to our client list.

2019

  • Team of 20
  • Office Shoes wins Visual Merchandising Award
  • SushiDog win Interiors / Retail Environments at the FAB Awards and is Highly commended at Revo Opal Awards
  • TYC joins forcs with RSBG

2020

  • Welcome Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield Airports, Nuveen Real Estate, YOO Capital, Cale Street Partners, State Glory Hong Kong and Lindt & Sprüngli AG to our client list
  • Bread Ahead Flagship wins Interiors / Retail Environments at the FAB Awards
  • Hybrid working during pandemic with a focus on delivering exceptionally high quality creative and ensuring excellent client service standards
  • Rated in the Top 10 for market research, branding and graphic design in the UK, by independent review platform; Clutch.

2021

  • Team of 23
  • Bread Ahead Flagship wins Bar & Restaurant Design at the Creative Retail Awards
  • Wembley Park Market wins Overall Store Collaboration and Highly Commended in the Independent Retail at the Creative Retail Awards.

ONWARDS & UPWARDS

Looking forward to the next challenge

Our team is beautifully formed, made up of an eclectic mix of personalities, backgrounds and skills. This is who we are and what we love!

 
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Steve

Co-Founder

With a background in retail strategy and interior design, Sian & I set up TYC in 2007 to offer our clients a personal level of service backed by evidential design. Before that I was Associate Director at Astound, London and ran the interior side of the business.

The range of my projects over the past 15 years is wildly varied and includes: Tesco, Superdrug, John Lewis Food hall, Harrods manshop, one of the first ever retail infrastructures in India for Reliance Industries, 3M Innovation Centre, B&Q UK & Hong Kong and KPN Telecom NL to name a few.

What do I fill my spare time with? Wakeboarding, snowboarding, long boarding…generally anything with a board!

 
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Sian

Co-Founder

I trained as a Product Designer at Brunel University and then quickly progressed into the scientific field of User Experience Design in the digital industry.

My early career as a management consultant at PA Consulting (an innovation and technology firm) taught me a lot about frameworks that can be applied to creative thinking in order to leverage it for business transformation. This platform opened many doors and allowed me to work with some of the most cutting edge digital consultancies of their time; Conchango (now EMC), Harvest Digital and We Are Experience.

At TYC we have applied my customer-focused approach in the digital world to our projects in the physical world in order to bring a different approach to Environment design.

In my spare time (?!?) I like a challenge such as snowboarding, surfing and raising two small boys.

 
John Wringe

John

Non Exec Director

I have spent nearly 40 years in the ‘advertising’ business and the last 10 years working with specialist agencies that seek the experience and knowledge that a Non Exec Director role brings.

My extensive retail and creative agency experience includes Cogent, Publicis, WPP, Red Cell, Sandom as well as The Mall / C&R Plc.

I have a passion for collaborating with challenger brands. I work with them to deliver expansion and success. Together we unify brand propositioning and use creative execution to guarantee quality and value for those keen to deliver growth.

 
Laurence

Laurence

Design Director

With over 17 years experience of working in the design industry, specialising in retail, leisure & hospitality projects for clients throughout the UK, Europe & Middle East. From entrepreneurial start-ups to established global players, I thrive on a good design challenge and love going old school with pencils and paper.

After studying Interior Design at UCA I have worked in many London agencies to help them develop their Retail and Hospitality offering. I have to admit that I am an 'organiser' from my days at uni curating our New Designers exhibition to managing the team on a daily basis. Spreadsheets and sketchpads are my two best office buddies!

 
Claire

Claire

Associate Director

I studied Interior Architecture & Design at the renound School or Architecture at University of Kent. My experience at uni gave me a deep interest in the full lifecycle of the design process. I love being involved from the initial sketch concepts right through to technical details and, of course, the final stage of snagging and handover. I get a kick out of seeing my designs come to life in a physical space!

So far, I have been lucky enough to work on a wide range of projects across retail, food and beverage, transport and hospitality sectors.

Outside of work, I love seeing friends and exploring the 'Big Smoke', all the time on the look out for a new brand experience or art exhibition.

In the TYC studio I am known for my passion for perfection and attention to detail along with my kooky ability to speak faster than light!

 

 
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Jason

Business Development Manager

Prior to joining TYC I’ve had a very extensive career within the media industry. What kick started my journey was thinking outside of the box by taking a 6-month volunteer work placement as a broadcast journalist, working on local television and radio productions in Ghana, Cape Coast. I needed to do something different than the generic work experience to stand out.

It’s been a crazy ride, but now I’m setting my roots here at TYC in my new role. As an entrepreneur I understand the importance of building good relationships and trust to get people to come join your crusade, skills that TYC wanted alongside the rest of the team.

 
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Tom

Director of Growth and Expansion

Trained in Interiors, worked in Architecture, Retail Design, Digital, Brand & Strategy, travelling the world working across all sectors. I first worked for TYC 13 years ago! A lot has changed in that time and I have worked with many of the worlds best brands including Nike, Fila, Razer, Facebook, Selfridges, Tiffany, L’Oreal, Situ Live, Westfield and many many more. Passion, energy and can do attitude are deep routed in my spirit. Traits that lead me to be dynamic, challenge the norm to deliver.

Throughout my career I’ve been fortunate enough to help nurture talent through teaching, lecturing, and leading which fuels me to learn everyday. Natural passion, curiosity and drive for life inspires me, never happy with just doing enough. I’m always striving to deliver beyond expectation. Everything is always possible!

Fitness fanatic, sports mad, culture obsessed and total foodie (love a drink too).

 
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Isabel

Designer

Originally from the greatest city in the UK - Manchester (and that's a hill I'm willing to die on) I moved to London for Design. My background is in Branding, Packaging, Spatial Design with a real passion for typography and photography. I love to create imaginative new brands with exciting stories, breaking down briefs and finding something unique.

I'm a sucker for the latest TV crime drama, lovely long walks and any food related thing - cooking, podcasts, restaurant exploring, you name it. Because who doesn't love all things food, am I right?

 
Miranda

Miranda

Senior Strategist

Before TYC I worked in a London-based creative agency, client-side brand team and in innovation and brand consultancies where I focused on proposition, insight and strategy. Through this varied background, I've been lucky enough to work on a whole host of clients - from finance and food to film and FMCG.

I love applying my eclectic experience to any creative challenge I'm presented with in order to help unearth what really makes consumers tick and to bring fresh perspectives and impactful solutions.

When I'm not behind a desk or out interviewing consumers, I can be found trying something new (why do the same thing over and over?). Next on my list is laughing yoga - but open to any other suggestions!

 
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Liam

Designer

Hello there! I joined TYC with 3 years of design industry know-how graduating from Brighton University in 2019.

I’ve worked with multiple world renowned brands utilising practises for both print and digital design. Ranging from branding, motion, artwork + font design. In the wise words of SpongeBob “I’m a good noodle!”

Also an avid movie buff (fav movie Point Break) + lego enthusiast (the Millennium Falcon most ambitious build)

 
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Jade

Studio Assistant

A self taught musician by trade with digital & social media experience alongside admin and management. My career has only just started but I love roles where I can make a difference and can help a team or individual reach their goal(s). The various areas of experience that I have alongside my passion for learning and helping allow me to really make the most of my role.

I'm a dopamine junkie and love to learn new things so I am always picking up new hobbies and adventures. I'm a gamer, love taking photos on my analogue(35mm) film cameras and can turn my hand to most things - Most recently turning my oversized hoodies into co-ord cropped hoodies and shorts (thanks to my year 4 teacher that taught me how to sew.

 
Ciara

Ciara

Strategist

Dia duit! That's 'hello' in Irish. If you couldn't tell by my name (pronounced like 'Keira' Knightley for any Brits reading) and salutation, I'm from Ireland. My background lies in digital, marketing and strategy, and I joined TYC in 2021 after taking a career break to study a masters in Marketing and Creativity. I decided to pursue a career in marketing after watching the Apprentice as a teenager and thinking "I could do this!" and today, my passion lies in brand purpose and business strategy. Thanks, Alan Sugar!

My hobbies include tennis, hiking, cooking and anything creative - I've recently taken up embroidery and candle making (lockdown has aged me terribly), with the intention of giving a new lease of life to old clothes and used jars..

 
Sophie

Sophie

Designer

My story at TYC starts in 2019 when I joined the team as a Design Intern. 2 years and 1 degree from Loughborough uni later, I’m back - Schwarzenegger style - as a Graphic Designer.

During my time at TYC I’ve worked on a wide variety of projects, from branding, to microsites, making sure every project has a unique creative spark.

My record for cups of tea in the working day is 8 and I like to plan my life around food, restaurants, cafés and did I mention food?

 
Milly

Milly

Designer

Having just graduated in Interior Architecture from Oxford Brookes University (or should I say my bedroom - thanks COVID) I'm very keen to get back into a studio space that is filled with passionate designers like myself. Recently joining the team, I am eager to experience the whole design process. I really enjoy seeing spaces come to life - from the first site visit to seeing the space be completely transformed. My passion for design comes from the user's perspective, understanding how they will use, move and enjoy the space challenges me to find the best possible design solution.

Outside of TYC I am exploring all the hidden gems that London has to offer. I'm very passionate about skiing, travelling and trying new things. Who doesn't love a bit of adventure?

 
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Lauren

Senior Designer

Hola, I’m Lauren, my true love for branding came from an early age, from studying Graphic & Media design at London College of Communication, to places such as NYC and an Erasmus in Berlin. (Although don’t ask me to speak any German.)

I have an experienced design background in festivals, events & sport. And joined TYC for their true love of brands, with an opportunity to branch out to new areas of design, and getting into the nitty gritty of how a brand is created. Plus I have always been interested in the strategic positioning of a brand too. (Keeps the brain ticking along nicely.)

Aside from work, I love to eat fun food, drink nice wine, and ski and snowboard as fast as I can. I also enjoy the opportunity to cycle around London and beyond, visit weird and wonderful art exhibitions, and I like to think I can do yoga.

 
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Wing

Client Services Manager

Hello! It’s Wing here from Hong Kong, newly moved to London and I have to say I am enjoying every single day of it! I have been working in the creative field since I graduated from university (I studied International Relations, I know, Politics and Design..what and how?) But I do love what I am doing and everyday is full of excitement!

One of the best things working as the Account Manager in TYC is spending time with all the quirky but talented colleagues I met here. I’m learning so much from each of them and this is what life is all about right?

 
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Craig

Senior Designer

Originally from South Manchester; the winds of creativity blew me south to Nottingham where I studied a degree in Interior Architecture and Design. I finally landed in London & have now worked in the industry for over 11 years. Seeing & understanding how others view the world is always fascinating to me. So creating user experiences that are engaging, meaningful & memorable , whilst representing a Brand's ethos & character is why 'I - heart - design'... and the creative process generally.

In my spare time, I'm a 'jack of all hobbies'. Whether it be taking part in 10K obstacle courses, abseiling down a skyscraper - all the way through to candle making (a favourite Lockdown pastime), book club, sewing or anything crafty :)

 
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Tom

Senior Designer

A distant graduate of Graphic Design at Central St Martins, I've been working in design for nearly 10 years now. While studying I taught myself to code and have enjoyed a career mixing branding, digital design and web dev to help my clients achieve their goals. It's a great sense of accomplishment to watch a brand you design transition from the pages of my notebook to the pages of the internet.

I'm a big fan of bikes, books and burgers. When I'm not nose down in a trashy sci-fi book, I'm often out on a bike ride so I can indulge in the previously mentioned burgers. Lockdown also got me into grinding and brewing my own coffee but unfortunately that doesn't begin with B.

 
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Emily

Designer

So, a bit about me… I met the team at The Yard Creative during my third year as a graphic design student at The University of Edinburgh. The company were kind enough to mentor a handful of students, and after speaking to the team and learning more about what they do, in particular the research that feeds into strategy and evidential design, and I felt compelled to learn more.

What initially began as a three-week internship evolved into a two-month learning experience that has completely pivoted my career ambitions. I have particularly enjoyed using my curiosity of people into finding out what makes them tick in order to deliver considered strategic recommendations for brands.

I have been very lucky to experience what it is like to be a part of the hard working and passionate TYC team and I have learnt a huge amount in such a short space of time.

 
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Georgina

Designer

I'm Georgina, a Graphic Designer at the Yard. I'm a born and bred Londoner with a French twist. Growing up in a bilingual family led me to go to a French school; Le Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, in London. I later decided to escape to the Cornish seaside to study Creative Advertising at Falmouth University, where I focused primarily on campaign art direction and copywriting. After leaning more towards the visual side of things, I decided to pursue a career in design, focusing on branding, where my true passion lies.

When I'm not designing, I am either immersing myself in music or testing out new recipes.

90%

of our work is based on recommendation and we are very proud to work with all of our clients and strive to build great, long lasting relationships.

Our flexibility and speed means clients can use our skills to suit their requirements. By keeping a compact team we are able to give our clients a professional yet personal service with creativity at it's heart, ensuring that our clients never get a ‘copy and paste’ solution.

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Steve Wood, Director of Marketing & Comms, World Vision UK

Richard Lawrence, National Manager Face to Face & Telemarketing, World Vision UK

“From a design perspective, they gave us a really good hierarchy and ruleset that we’ve been able to roll out across over a hundred and twenty products. We credit them with being able to increase our conversion by over 1,000% and our total business by 20% since we started working with them."

James Green, Director, Nutriseed

“They were able to bring my personality and the authenticity I desired into the brand. The brand now represents the company well. I couldn’t feel better about the positive experience I had; I loved working with them."

Romi Dasani, Founder, UN_DID

“The Yard Creative approached our project with completely fresh minds, they are dedicated to conducting meaningful research and implementing findings into their work. They come across as people who are trying to do real work and aren’t trying to become a branding factory. They dig deep for their projects, and their approach to research sets them apart. Their can-do attitude makes for a refreshing partnership."

Jay Ahluwalia, Director, Dominvs Group

“Our space was referred to as a masterclass in positioning and branding. We attribute the praise to The Yard Creative’s work and support in the build and design management process. We often see customers taking pictures when they come in, and there’s a lot of interest in who designed the space."

Prasanna Krishnamoorthy, Founder, K+K Streetfood

“TYC were instrumental in our ability to launch our business so successfully in Westfield London. Their guidance on our design and operation were hugely beneficial and their introductions to U.K. Asset Managers helped greatly in securing such a premium site for our first shop."

Greg IIsen, Co-Founder, SushiDog

“The Yard Creative have been exceptional. I wouldn’t have a bad word to say about them. We see them as almost our founding partners, and they are like a family to us now. I have worked very closely with them. Steve is one of the main reasons we use The Yard Creative because of his passion, drive, commitment, and his opportunity to assist startup businesses."

Kunal Trehan, Co-Founder, Black + Blanc

“We enjoy a very productive and professional working relationship with Steve and The Yard. Their work consistently exceeds expectations, and our expectations are high!"

Simon Cochrane, Director of Design, Westfield

“Their energy and enthusiasm are infectious, and it means we never ever have to push them; they’ll push themselves. That excitement also has experience attached to it. If you want something that will push you to think differently, they’ll deliver that. They don’t rehash old content; they’re original thinkers."

Robin Howard, Senior Concept Designer, John Lewis & Partners

“Their approach is based on studying all the facts and combining their learnings with retail science, trends and customer behaviours to create a design that is unique on the high street. "

Clinton Lewin, MD, Clintons

“The Yard is able to take a step back and get introspective about what they’re doing. They didn’t just fit us into a mould that other brands might have also created. They’re not an agency that steals ideas. They self reflect, they research, and they apply new thinking."

Benjamin Fitzmaurice, COO, SKINS

“We chose TYC as they bring a unique approach as it's their designers who create and execute the research, instead of an outside resource. They look and listen in an entirely different way. In less than 4 weeks we had an incredible insight document that has now shaped the future development of our brand and experiences."

Zia Zareem-Slade, Director of Customer Experience, Fortnum & Mason

Winning awards for our creative work is something that we have always aspired to. Thanks to our talented team and daring clients for making this kind of industry recognition possible.

 
WINNER for c at Creative Retail Awards 2021

WINNER:
Overall Store Collaboration 2021

For Wembley Park Market at the Creative Retail Awards 2021.

 
WINNER for Bread Ahead at FAB Awards 2020

WINNER:
Bar & Restaurant Design 2021

For Bread Ahead Flagship at the Creative Retail Awards 2021.

 
WINNER for Bread Ahead at FAB Awards 2020

WINNER:
Interior Design & Retail Environment 2020

For Bread Ahead Flagship at the FAB Awards 2020.

 
WINNER: SushiDog at FAB Awards 2019

WINNER:
Interiors / Retail Environments 2019

A silver award For SushiDog at the FAB Awards 2019.

 
Highly Commended: SushiDog at Revo Opal Awards 2019

Highly Commended:
Mall Retail  2019

For SushiDog at the Revo Opal Awards 2019.

 
WINNER: Visual Merchandising Awards 2019

WINNER:
Visual Merchandising Awards 2019

Awarded in the Fashion Footwear and Jewellery category for Sage F1 product launch for OFFICE in collaboration with Nike at The International VM Awards 2019.

 
WINNER: Mall Retail, Socialites Zero, Opal Awards

WINNER:
Mall Retail 2018

Awarded for Socialites in the Multiple Locations Mall Retail category at the Revo Opal Awards 2018.

 
WINNER: Mall Retail, World Vision, Opal Awards

WINNER:
Mall Retail 2018

Awarded for Garden of Hope by World Vision in the Single Location Mall Retail category at the Revo Opal Awards 2018.

 
WINNER: Most Effective Stand 2017

WINNER:
Most Effective Stand 2017

Awarded Silver for PROTEIN HAUS in the Most Effective Stand/Display Unit (Instore/Kiosk/Indoor) category at the Field Marketing Brand Experience (FMBE) Awards 2017.

 
WINNER: Design Effectiveness Award 2017

WINNER:
Design Effectiveness Award 2017

For PROTEIN HAUS in the Interior Design & Retail Environment category at The 19th FAB Awards.

 
WINNER: Mall Retail 2017

WINNER:
Mall Retail 2017

For PROTEIN HAUS at the Revo Opal Awards 2017.

 
WINNER:DBA Design Effectiveness Award 2017

WINNER:
Design Effectiveness Award 2017

A silver award for The Story Shop by World Vision UK at the DBA Design Effectiveness Award 2017.

 
WINNER:Retail Week Interiors Awards 2016

WINNER:
Mark of Excellence Award 2016

For The Story Shop by World Vision UK in the Best Use of Design with Technology In-store category at the Retail Week Interiors Awards 2016.

 
WINNER:Field Marketing and Brand Experience Awards  2016

WINNER:
Most Effective Shopping Centre/ Roadshow 2016

For The Story Shop by World Vision UK at the Field Marketing and Brand Experience Awards 2016.

 
Highly Commended:Short Term Retailer of the Year 2016

Highly Commended:
Short Term Retailer of the Year 2016

For The Story Shop by World Vision UK at the SCEPTRE Awards 2016

 
COMMENDATION:Exhibition / Experiential Design  The Drum Design Awards 2016

COMMENDATION:
Experiential Design 2016

For The Story Shop by World Vision UK at The Drum Design Awards 2016.

 
WINNER:Mall Retail  2016

WINNER:
Mall Retail 2016

For The Story Shop by World Vision UK at the BCSC Opal Awards 2016.

 
Highly Commended:Mall Retail (2 yrs or more) 2015

Highly Commended:
Mall Retail (2 yrs or more) 2015

For Models Own Bottleshop at the BCSC Opal Awards 2015.

 
WINNER:Best New Store Design2014

WINNER:
Best New Store Design 2014

For Models Own Bottleshop at the Meadowhall Retail Awards 2014.

 
WINNER:Aurora Award 2013

WINNER:
Aurora Award 2013

For Models Own Bottleshop at the BCSC Opal Awards 2013.

The Aurora Award recognises exceptional commercialisation and is the top accolade of theBCSC Opal Awards.

 
WINNER:Mall Retail 2013

WINNER:
Mall Retail 2013

For Models Own Bottleshop at the BCSC Opal Awards 2013.

 
WINNER:Most innovative concept of 2011

WINNER:
Most innovative concept of 2011

For Olive Oil and Oregano by ISCC Global Awards.

 
 Highly Commended:New Product Innovation category 2011

Highly Commended:
New Product Innovation category 2011

For T2020 Trolley by Cafe Society Awards.

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