A Merseyside pawnbroker who began his business life in the 1980s was honoured by the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) at a glittering black tie dinner in central London.
Geoff Milton began his own business in 1981 which, today, is one of the largest independent pawnbrokers in the country.
National Pawnbrokers Association Chief Executive, Stu McInroy, said:
“Geoff Milton is a legend in the pawnbroking history. By championing high ethical standards and demonstrating that pawnbroking can be affordable to consumers, Geoff played a leading role with the development of 21st century pawnbroking”.
“By establishing one of the UK’s largest independent pawnbrokers, Geoff has shown how modern pawnbroking is very much about customer service and championing consumer rights”.
“This ethos of Geoff’s was demonstrated time and again when he served on the NPA Council where he championed change which has led to pawnbroking being one of the most competitive and ethical forms of consumer credit in the UK today”.
Other winners at the NPA Annual Awards held at London’s Victoria Plaza Hotel included:
STORE OF THE YEAR:
FISH BROTHERS, WALTHAMSTOW, London
THE MONEY SHOP for raising over £650,000 for good causes.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Deborah Wynter of Suttons & Robertsons
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Prestige Pawnbrokers and The Gold Emporium.
Stu McInroy added:
“The competition this year was intense as the standards in the pawnbroking industry is so high. There is no doubt that this year’s winners will inspire colleagues across the industry in the time ahead”.
Notes for Editors
The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) was founded in 1892 and is the trade association representing pawnbrokers, from the large chains through to independents, in a £930m loan market growing year on year. It is the authoritative voice of the pawnbroking industry in the UK.
The NPA stands for expertise, fairness and transparency, professionalism and excellence. All our members are bound by our rules and a customer code of conduct. Pawnbroking is part of the credit industry and is regulated alongside banks and other lenders by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.