Louth Independent Business Awards 2013

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They are one of the things that makes Louth so very special!

Now we are giving you the chance to name your favourite independent retailers

To celebrate Independent Retail Month, the national campaign to support independent retailers, we have teamed up with the Louth Town Partnership to ask readers to nominate their favourites.

Since its launch in 2011, Independent Retailer Month, which runs throughout July, has grown rapidly, engaging 1000s of retailers and consumer-facing businesses UK wide.

It highlights the important role that smaller, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole.

By encouraging independent retailers, groups of retailers, and even whole towns, to create fun and engaging promotions, activities and events during the month of July, the campaign also tackles the very real issue of declining footfall in towns and village centres.

Independent Retailer Month UK is led by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, who is founder of the Support for Independent Retail campaign which, alongside Independent Retailer Month, includes the Enjoy an Independent Easter and the Celebrate an Independent Christmas campaign events.

The Support for Independent Retail campaign is a year-round source of support, advice, ideas and inspiration.

Its aim is to help independent retailers and those who serve consumers to get, and stay, open for business!

Find out more at www.independentretailermonth.co.uk/get-involved/

Look out for the Louth Independent Business Awards nomination form in next week’s Leader.

The business with the most nominations in each category will win that category.

These are the categories -

Favourite Customer Service: Nominate a shop or business which goes that extra mile to bring the best service to customers.

Favourite Independent Retailer: Open to all retail outlets, from clothes shops to newsagents.

Favourite Independent Business: Open to all non retail businesses in the town, from electricians to pubs.

Favourite Independent Food: Tell us where you get your fave food from, from delis to dining out.

Overall Winner: The winners of each category will receive a visit by a mystery shopper from Totem Training to decide the overall winner. Totem Training are a management training company based in Louth.

Each winner will receive a plaque and certificate and the overall winner will get a special showcase feature in the Leader and a signed copy of Retail Champion Clare Rayner’s book.