NEWS: Retailers go head-to-head
Retailers from a Durham Shopping Centre have their eyes on the prize as the search to find Durham’s best shops, cafes, restaurants and bars begin.
People living, working and shopping in the city are invited to nominate their favourite destinations for a prize in the Durham City Retail Awards 2014. This year’s contest features 10 awards, including the overall prize; Retailer of the Year.
Richard Toynbee, centre manager of Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, is urging the general public to get involved in this year’s awards by voting for their favourite retailer.
“The Retail Awards are very important for businesses in Durham. They work hard throughout the year, many investing a lot of money in marketing and customer service; these awards not only recognise their effort, but celebrate it.”
Last year, Prince Bishops Shopping Centre retailers; Whisky River Cocktail Bar & Café and Boots picked up Bar of the Year and Large Retailer of the Year; and Silver Street new comer, Stormfront, picked up the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award.
Kate Shepherd, joint owner of Whisky River Cocktail Bar & Café, said; “After just two years in business we were delighted to win Bar of the Year. It was a great accolade and a fitting testament to our team who go the extra mile to ensure all customers have a great time when they visit us.”
The full list of awards are: Bar of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, Café of the Year, Window of the Year, Independent Retailer of the Year, Small Retailer of the Year, Large Retailer of the Year, Retail Person of the Year, Market Trader of the Year, Retail Experience of the Year and Retailer of the Year.
Nominations can be made up until 2 November, by completing forms available from participating businesses or online at durhamcityretailawards.co.uk.
The most popular retailers will be visited by representatives of an independent mystery shopper company, which will then put its findings before a panel of judges who will select the overall winner.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at Ramside Hall Hotel & Golf Club on Wednesday, November 26.