High Street Retailer Award for GAME.co.uk

The GAME star continues to shine brightly following the MCV 2009 Excellence Awards which took place on April 23rd at The Brewery in London. There were five retail awards in total, two of which went to GAME: High Street Retailer of the Year and Store Manager of the Year. The latter was jointly awarded to Mike Barnes and Pearl Robinson who captain the Oxford Street store.

Mike and Pearl were up against some fierce competition in the Store Manager of the Year category with Rupert Banning-Lover (HMV), Richard Pascoe (Chips), Martin Tuckwood (Asda) and Gary Noakes (Gameplayer) also vying for the top prize.

Mike who, along with co-manager Pearl, was struck speechless on the night when presented with the award said: “We were gobsmacked to have won. Being recognised by GAME is one thing, being recognised by an esteemed panel of industry experts is quite another. It was a very humbling experience.”

Gamestation also part of GAME Group plc, walked away with the coveted Star Store Award for their Birmingam’s New Street store which excels at offering a unique customer experience while cementing their reputation as a specialist retailer.

Described by MCV editor-in-chief, Michael French as ‘hard to win’, the MCV awards are among the most highly sought after awards in the industry.

Terry Scicluna, Chief Operating Officer of GAME Group said: “I am delighted that all the hard work we have put in over the past few years has been recognised. This is particularly gratifying given the present economic downturn and the additional pressure this has inevitably placed on GAME Group as a whole. It’s a testament to the dedication and sheer hard work of everyone at GAME and Gamestation that we won three of a possible five MCV awards.”

Attended by around 600 of the industry’s most influential names, the MCV Awards represent the biggest night in the gaming industry’s calendar, acknowledging and celebrating the industry’s finest across the following four categories: Retail; PR and Marketing; People and Industry; and a Special Recognition Award. Fifteen awards were up for grabs in total, plus two special awards. The Store Manager of the Year Award was one of the new awards introduced for the 2009 event.

Of course, it was the awards after party, also held at The Brewery in the heart of London, where the real fun kicked off. The party saw some of the industry’s heavyweights dancing and celebrating (perhaps even commiserating) until well into the small hours.

About GAME: 
GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. The company caters for all formats, including Xbox, Wii, PS3 and all the relevant accessories such as the wii nunchuk. GAME operates from over 1,162 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with its online shopping services, the company aims to be the destination of choice for every consumer.

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Snip-its, Children’s Hair Salon Favorite, Expands to West Coast

Salon Offers Premium Quality Haircuts with Laughter and Fun – Founded by Comedian Jack Benny’s Granddaughter –

Cue the laughter and giggles. Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S, opened its first West Coast location in Palo Alto, California in April at Town & Country Village at 855 El Camino Real. Designed to ease the haircutting fears of children, Snip-its provides an entertaining and magical destination for premium children’s haircuts and spa services. The 1,700 sq. ft. salon offers a complete line of natural hair care products plus two children’s party rooms for memorable birthday parties.

“I’m thrilled to bring the high-quality Snip-its concept to California. Snip-its is a magical experience for children that turns an ordinary hair salon visit into an extraordinary adventure that ends with a smile,” said Snip-its Palo Alto owner Daniel Liberman. “Moms can feel good about visiting Snip-its. Not only do we have specially trained hair stylists, but children can look and feel their best with our many spa services and delightful birthday parties. I look forward to Snip-its becoming a part of the community.”

Snip-its’ no-tears haircut experience is weaved with vibrant colors and reminds many children of a Saturday morning cartoon. The salon interior features a cast of Snip-its own branded animated cartoon characters: Snips, Jean Luc le Spritz, Curly Comb, Flyer Joe Dryer, the Clip-ette Sisters, and Maranga Mirror plus animated videos, salon-tailored educational computer games and ‘cushy’ parents chairs so Moms can sit nearby. At the end of each visit, children receive a prize in exchange for a lock of hair from the ‘Magic Box.’

“Snip-its caters toward entrepreneur spirits and Daniel is a perfect example of an owner with the drive and determination to succeed,” said James George, the CEO of Snip-its. “We wish him much success.”

Snip-its, a growing kids franchise was founded in 1995 by California native, Joanna Meiseles, the daughter of Hollywood producer, Robert Blumofe credited with the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours and is the granddaughter of famed comedian Jack Benny. After a heartbreaking visit to an ‘adult’ salon with her then young son, the first-time entrepreneur established the entertainment-styled salon with the goal to make children’s hair care a positive fun-filled adventure for families. The Palo Alto location marks the 67th Snip-its location.

The Snip-its Corporation, based in Natick, Massachusetts is designed to untangle the hair care challenges of children and their parents. It provides the best customer service and a guaranteed great time for both kids and parents. The salon franchise has served more than one million children annually in 65 locations. In 2007, Snip-its was named the 30th fastest growing franchise in the U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine. For more information or kids franchise opportunities, visit www.snipits.com or call 877-SNIP-ITS.

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