A panel of leading names from Liverpool’s retail scene have been confirmed as judges at the city’s first ever Retail Awards.
The awards, which were announced last month, are a joint project between Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool ONE, along with partners Marketing Liverpool. They aim to showcase the outstanding retailers, large and small, who are going the extra mile in terms of customer service and retail innovation in the city centre.
The eleven judges will be tasked with reviewing all of the entries from the 12 award categories before the public cast their vote on who they think should win the ‘Retail ICON of the Year’ and ‘Customer Service’ awards.
The judging line-up includes Chris Brown from Marketing Liverpool, Donna Howitt from Liverpool ONE, Robert Bradley from St Johns Shopping Centre, Ian Strettle from Clayton Square Shopping Centre, Jennina O’Neill from Metquarter Liverpool and Bill Addy from the Liverpool BID Company. Joining them on the panel will be Mouna Wade from Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols, Laura Flynn from Topshop, Mark Povall from Liverpool John Lennon Airport, Carl Wood from Trinity Mirror, Leon Rossiter from Independent Liverpool and Mark Blundell from John Lewis.
Chief executive of Liverpool BID Company, Bill Addy said: “As the first ever Retail Awards in the city, the calibre of people we have working with us shows the appetite for recognising the talent we have in the industry.
“We have some of the biggest retail businesses in Liverpool on the panel who will bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. I’m looking forward to working with them all and discovering the hidden gems and shining stars in our city.”
Marketing and business performance director for Liverpool ONE, Donna Howitt added: “The Retail Awards Liverpool will help celebrate top quality customer experiences, and why it feels so special to shop in Liverpool compared to other cities. Our retail colleagues work hard to ensure customers feel the warmth Liverpool is famous for as well as representing their brands so professionally; and I look forward to celebrating their achievements next March.”
Chris Brown, director of Marketing Liverpool said: “I am delighted to participate in judging what I know will be a high calibre of entries that will reflect the quality of the retail offer available within the city. Retail plays a key role in driving inward investment and bringing tourism to the city and so it’s important we shine the spotlight on it.”
The awards will culminate in a glittering ceremony to be held at Liverpool Cathedral on Thursday, 23 March 2017 where all the winners will be announced.
The deadline for submitting entries is Friday 28th October.
The 12 award categories are:
- Best National Retailer
- Best Independent Retailer
- Best Retail Team
- Social Impact Award
- Best Employer
- Rising Star
- Excellence in Visual Merchandising Award
- Innovation Award
- Best New Store Award (less than 12 months old)
- Retail Manager of the Year Award
- Customer Service Award
- Retail ICON of the Year Award
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