A Stockton retailer is flying high after scooping a top award.

Ibby Hussain who opened CHIPS Stockton a year ago has just been named the video games chain’s Newcomer of the Year.

Ibby, who runs the Silver Street store with brother Nasser, scooped the title, an engraved trophy, store plaque and £250 prize at the 4th CHIPS Annual Christmas Conference at the weekend (16 October).

It has been an exciting year for the 34-year-old who opened his own CHIPS store last September, became a dad in XXXX and has now won the top title.

He joined CHIPS 18 years ago as a Youth Trainee and bought the Silver Street store previously owned by Chipsworld Ltd last year. “It has been a fantastic year for me and this award is just the icing on the cake,” said Ibby.

More than 100 CHIPS franchisees, staff and guests gathered at Redworth Hall in County Durham for the event which attracted big names in the video games world such as Microsoft, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, Disney and Nokia to name just a few.

The Newcomer of the Year Award was sponsored by CHIPS Magazine publisher faragher//jones and was awarded to the franchisee who has shown the greatest level of commitment to the CHIPS’ network and highest level of enthusiasm for the franchise ethos, both within and outside the store.

CHIPS Joint MD Don McCabe said: “We were sorry to lose Ibby as a staff member but delighted he opened a franchise. His customer service really is second to none and his store is absolutely superb.”

CHIPS Stockton is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, and sells all the latest Playstation, X-box, GameCube and GameBoy consoles, games and accessories plus a host of PC, retro and second-hand products.

CHIPS, which is based in Borough Road, Middlesbrough, has nine company-owned stores including Middlesbrough, Redcar, Darlington, Northallerton & Sunderland, an award-winning e-commerce site, www.chipsworld.co.uk. And 19 franchise outlets across the UK.

More stores are planned including stores in Leicestershire, Berkshire and Yorkshire.

October 2005
For further information contact Debra McCabe on 01642 658001 or Ibby Hussain on 01642 618256. This release and hi-res photographs can be downloaded from www.chipsworld.co.uk.

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