Retailer awards

This month the Elmbridge Independent Retailer of the Year Awards are back for a seventh successive year, giving shoppers the chance to vote for their favourite retailer.

Last year Café Noir of Thames Ditton triumphed over a strong field to claim their third consecutive overall award for best independent retailer.

The high quality of Elmbridge’s independent retailers gives residents a wealth of options to choose from when voting for the best shops, cafés and restaurants the borough has to offer. Previous awards have emphasised the exceptional customer service and personal touch of the category winners – underlining the valuable connection that independent retailers have with their local communities.

This year a seventh category has been added to the awards to recognise the independent businesses which are going the extra mile for the environment. Residents can vote for the following categories in addition to an overall Best Independent Retailer of the Year:

  • Best restaurant or café

  • Best for hair and beauty

  • Best for fashion

  • Best deli or grocer

  • Best for speciality products

  • Green business of the year

From 1-31 July the public can cast votes through an online survey. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 20 August at the Civic Centre. The ceremony will also include a bitesize marketing masterclass and networking opportunities for independent retailers. To access the survey from 1 July and to register attendance at the awards ceremony visit our business events page.

Councillor Christine Elmer, Portfolio Holder for Community and Corporate Development, said: “These awards are a great way of celebrating the positive contribution that our independent retailers bring to our high streets – from their commitment to customer service to the quality products and services they sell. Supporting our high streets is a key priority for the Council and our wider effort includes free Saturday parking offers, grant funding, skills masterclasses and much more. From town centre events to great products and friendly service, there are plenty of reasons to explore your local high street this summer and I hope residents can discover the full range of excellent independent businesses on their doorstep.”

Date published: 1 July 2019

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