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Bray charity wins prestigious prize at retail awards


Paulo Almeida, NCBI Area Manager (centre) accepting award for NCBI Bray.

Paulo Almeida, NCBI Area Manager (centre) accepting award for NCBI Bray.

Paulo Almeida, NCBI Area Manager (centre) accepting award for NCBI Bray.


A Bray charity shop has beaten off competition from UK companies to win a prestigious prize at the Charity Retail Association Awards.

The Wicklow branch of the National Council for the Blind in Ireland (NCBI), which is based in Bray, won the The WOW! Factor Award for Best Shop Window at the awards ceremony held in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Birmingham last week.

NCBI Retail was shortlisted for the two ‘The WOW! Factor Awards’, which celebrate creativity within the charity retail sector and the amazing work put in by shop managers and their teams.

NCBI scooped both awards, taking the prize over leading UK charities including Oxfam, Blue Cross, DEBRA, Saint Michael’s Hospice and many more to win the Best Shop Window award and the Best Shop Interior, won by NCBI Capel St, Dublin.

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“This is a great achievement for the NCBI retail team, competing against some of the largest and well-established charity retailers across the UK. It’s a credit to the hugely talented and creative team that NCBI are fortunate to have on board,” said Beverley Scallan, Head of Retail at NCBI.

"Together we have worked hard over the last few years to try to change the perception of shopping pre-loved in charity stores. Our vision is to create a boutique shopping feel in our new stores, elevate our shop environment, and raise the standard of charity retail.”

The NCBI team were also among a shortlist of three nominees in two other categories, NCBI CEO Chris White was shortlisted in the ‘Most Supportive CEO’ category and NCBI Head of Retail Beverley Scallan for ‘The Leadership award’.