On Friday night, 11 October, pawnbrokers from across the UK joined together, at the Riverbank Park Plaza on Albert Embankment, to celebrate the successes of the past year and to recognise excellence in pawnbroking.

This year’s awards winners included:

Store of the Year
The Gold Emporium, Manchester
Completely refitted store from scratch strong displays, well thought out, whilst secure in a challenging neighbourhood.

Community Contribution
Pickwick Pawnbrokers
Heartfelt campaign which engaged all the staff and customers and raised money for Cancer charity. Helped create significant awareness for mouth cancer.

New Member
Kampala Gold Ltd, Leicester
Developing strong pawnbroking business targeted at the Asian community.

Highly Commended- Hopkins & Jones Ltd, London

Rising Star
Gary Menzies, H&T
Developing and growing the business with a great attitude and flexibility. Making a significant impact and still only 23.

Employer of the Year
The Money Shop
Strong staff motivation and development in Pawnbroking, solid support and engagement at all levels. Staff develop their careers and enjoy their roles.

Employee of the Year
Sue Griffiths H&T
Great results but Sue is also a strong team player putting the welfare of others first and helping them to achieve their goals.

The Pawnbroker Magazine Award for Best Trade Exhibitor
Gerrards Precious Metals Ltd

Judges for the NPA Awards were Stephen Whittaker (Fellows & Sons), Michael Allchin (Birmingham Assay Office) and Ray Perry, Chief Executive of the NPA, was Chairman.

NPA Chief Executive, Ray Perry, said:

‘It was wonderful to bring everyone together after the NPA conference during the day to jointly celebrate the pawnbroking industry and our members’ excellent work. Thanks to everyone that entered the different awards categories, the judges had a tough job selecting winners from the outstanding entries.

‘We were also delighted to have raised over £12,000 for the NSPCC at the Awards Dinner in our charity auction. A huge thanks to all our members for their generosity.’