Search is on for Fylde coast high street stars

Richard Lefton
Richard Lefton
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The Fylde coast is a great place to trade on the high street according to one of Blackpool’s best known retailers.

Richard Lefton from independent furniture store Leftons was speaking following the launch of a competition to highlight all that is best on the Fylde Coast high street.

The Gazette Retail and Leisure Awards launched this month aim to shine a spotlight on the diverse and vibrant range of businesses on our streets.

A total of ten categories are up for grabs with a closing date for nominations of Friday, October 6.

Entries can be accepted from customer, owners of businesses, managers and employees.

Family-run independent retailer Lefton’s Furniture Group is the headline sponsor of The Gazette Retail and Leisure Awards.

The firm has been a Blackpool high street stalwart since 1946 with two furniture stores and a strong online presence.

Owner Richard Lefton said: “We are delighted to support these inaugural awards and encourage all businesses, large or small, new or long-established, to take part.

“The awards are a fantastic way to showcase the outstanding businesses that make the Fylde Coast a great place to live, work or visit.’

Categories include, Fashion Store of the Year, Retailer of the Year (Non-Fashion), New Retailer of the Year, Bar/Restaurant of the Year, Hair/Beauty Business of the Year, Leisure Venue of the Year, Customer Service Award, Team Member of the Year, Manager of the Year and Community Champions Award.

To nominate, go to, download and complete the entry form.

Attach any additional information and visual references you want the judges to take into consideration, and post to Retail and Leisure Awards, The Gazette, Avroe House, Avroe Crescent, Blackpool FY4 2DP or email

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a glittering gala at Viva Blackpool on Wednesday, November 22, when the winners will be revealed.