Best Independent Retailer is sponsored by Rochdale Development Agency.
To be involved, owners and managers had to fill in a detailed application form, fulfilling the following criteria:
- Demonstrate you are a stockist of specialist goods and give examples.
- Showing individuality and innovation in merchandising.
- Showing originality in promotional activity.
- Excellent customer service (e.g. training, personal service, repeat purchase and product knowledge).
Each person that votes will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 to spend in Rochdale town centre.
John Hudson, Chief Executive of Rochdale Development Agency, said: ““Rochdale Development Agency recognizes the importance of supporting our local independent retailers, especially at this time, and that is why we are proud to sponsor the Best Independent Retailer award.”
In addition to the public vote, mystery shoppers have also been visiting all the stores over the last few weeks and scoring them on various aspects of their service.
The Award will be presented at the Rochdale Town Centre Business Awards 2010/2011 on Friday 13 May at The Broadfield Park Hotel.
If you would like to vote, tell us why you think the Independent Retailer deserves to win. It is important that you indicate your reason for voting for that person, as the winners and runners-up will be chosen by judges for the best reasons given. The closing date for all votes for the Business Awards is Wednesday 27 April.
Please note that only one vote per person will be accepted.
Please be aware that your vote will not be accepted unless a reason is provided.
Note: Voting for this feature ended on 27 April 2011.