Camera firm has developed into a real award-winner

From the left, Robert Peckham, Paul Crockett and Jon Stratton.'130220M-B356
From the left, Robert Peckham, Paul Crockett and Jon Stratton.'130220M-B356
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Bicester camera store 
Imagex has won Independent Retailer of the Year at the annual Pixel Magazine Trade Awards.

The awards ceremony took place at the Riverside Park Plaza in London on Friday last week.

Pixel Magazine is a trade publication for the photographic imaging industry.

The Sheep Street store was formerly a Jessops branch and has been Bicester’s main photographic store for nearly 20 years. Imagex owners Robert Peckham and Paul Crockett have been running the store for less than a year, having opened the store with the aid of friends and local private investors in March this year.

The shortlist of nominations for the Independent Retailer of the Year award is decided by a panel of major industry suppliers such as Kodak, Nikon, Panasonic, Canon, Fuji and Sony.

Industry professionals, supplier companies and candidate’s customers can then cast their votes online for their preference.

Imagex fought off CameraWorld, a major central London photographic store, and SRS Microsystems, based in Watford, who won the award in 2012.

Co-owner Mr Peckham said: “To be nominated for the shortlist was very surprising –but to win the award after less than a year in business was 
a truly remarkable experience!

“We were also really pleased that Alan Jessop, the founder of Jessops, was at the event to receive a special award for his contribution to the industry, and made a point to meet with us to 
congratulate us on our success.”

The award is now on display at Imagex in Sheep Street, Bicester.