So last week saw the second Manchester Retail Awards ceremony and we went along as one of the shortlisted finalists in the ‘Best Independent Store’ category, knowing we had a 1 in 3 chance of winning but not particularly expecting to win – but we did!!
Our award was decided by public vote unlike most of the others which were judges decisions so it’s very rewarding to think we have that support out there and we want to officially thank all those who voted – THANK YOU!
This is a short piece written by the organisers to describe the aim of the awards (more succinctly than I could):
The inaugural Heart of Manchester Retail Awards has been launched by Manchester’s Business Improvement District – the Heart of Manchester. The awards will showcase the strength of the city centre’s retail sector and its contribution to the city’s economy, as well as the diverse, dedicated and talented workforce employed in the sector.
They will reflect and celebrate the vibrancy and diversity in Manchester’s eclectic retail environment including the city’s large mix of high street stores, luxury and independent brands, department stores and independents.
People are at the heart of the retail sector and recognition of their efforts is the key focus of these awards. The awards have been judged by an expert panel of retail experts across different categories.
The evening was a really good chance to meet other retailers with awards being handed out in many different categories that represent the city’s retail scene. All the big players were there like Selfridges who were nominated for several awards and won for ‘Best Visual Merchandising’ and then the food and drink award was won by a bakery in the Arndale Centre who were a popular winner – it was a very mixed bag of an evening!
After a very pleasant meal and plenty of wine! our award was announced towards the end of the night and after our name was announced it is all a bit of a blur but we have footage of being on stage and answering some questions to a nice lady who handed us our award so we know that we won!
After we exited the stage it was a whirl of cameras and paparazzi!!
Ok I;m exaggerating slightly –