Blackpool Retail and Leisure Awards

The Gazette Retail and Leisure Awards logo
The Gazette Retail and Leisure Awards logo

The Gazette is very proud to be launching the inaugural Retail & Leisure Awards 2017!

Sponsored by Lefton’s, these awards have been formulated to provide a platform to recognise, reward and celebrate all the successful retail and leisure destinations, and the people who work within them, across the Fylde Coast.

If you are proud of your business’s growth, innovation or contribution to the community, we want to hear from you.

You may have an apprentice, manager or team member within your company who is a high achiever, committed to excellence. Why not put them forward for an extra special award?

What makes your business stand out from the crowd? How do you attract new footfall or keep the loyalty of your existing customers? Which is the best leisure destination, eatery, bar, or beauty business in the area? We want to hear from you now.

The categories and criteria for nomination are shown below. Entries can be accepted from owners of businesses, managers, employees and customers.

To nominate, Click here to download the entry form. Complete the 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 Business Park, Blackpool FY4 2DP or email us at blackpoolretailandleisureawards@jpress.co.uk by Friday October 13th 2017.

Judging will be undertaken by a panel of judges representing the business community. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to a glittering gala presentation evening at Viva Blackpool on Thursday, November 23rd 2017 when the winners will be announced.

Don’t delay, nominate today!

CATEGORIES

Fashion Store of the Year

Purpose: To recognise any retailer, large or small, independent or national, that is making a big noise in the fashion retail world! Branches of national companies should enter as a store.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of what sets a retailer apart from its competition, either in terms of its achievements, its best practice, or its success. Examples of evidence to support the application can include sales performance, internal awards, team development, achievement of key performance indicators and customer feedback.Entries can be accepted from any retailer whose stock relates to fashion. For example, clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery.

Retailer of the Year (non-fashion)

Purpose: To recognise any retailer, large or small, independent or national, that is making a big noise in the retail world!

Branches of national companies should enter as a store.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of what sets a retailer apart from its competition, either in terms of its achievements, its best practice, or its success. Examples of evidence to support the application can include sales performance, internal awards, team development, achievement of key performance indicators and customer feedback. Entries can be accepted from any retailer other than a fashion retailer as described in Fashion Retailer. As an example, homeware, furniture, garden, food or motor trade.

New Retailer of the Year

Purpose: To recognise those businesses which have gone from 0 to 100mph within two years.

Criteria: The successes should speak for themselves and the judges will be looking for evidence of rapid expansion, nichefilling, excellent turnover or job creation – or all the above. Those trading for more than two years can not enter this category.

Bar /Restaurant of the Year

Purpose: To recognise the business that puts their bar or restaurant in the forefront of their industry for its outstanding service, cuisine and congenial surroundings.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of excellence in service and presentation, backed by testimonials (judges will accept evidence from review sites such as TripAdvisor), evidence of how the business caters for people with different/special dietary requirements, and any unique or outstanding elements of the business.

Hair/Beauty Business of the Year

Purpose: To recognise any business delivering excellence in the hairdressing and beauty sector.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of excellence in service and presentation, backed by testimonials from customers and the industry in general, evidence of pioneering new trends and practices, catering for customer needs across a broad spectrum and excellence in niche areas.

Leisure Venue of the Year

Purpose: To recognise any business that puts the area on the map as a wonderful place to live and visit.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for evidence of the contribution of the venue in attracting visitors to the area, as well as catering for local people, and its excellence within the leisure industry. Examples of evidence to support the application can include footfall information, geographic catchment of customer base, visitor number growth, awards won and customer feedback.

Customer Service Award

Purpose: To reward a company, or member of staff or team within an organisation, that goes above and beyond the call of duty for their customers.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for clear evidence of customer service excellence. This may include customer reviews, achievement of key performance indicators, awards or recognition by other organisations, or testimonials from colleagues.

Team Member of the Year

Purpose: To recognise any employee who has gone that extra mile and exceeded the expectations of their manager, trainer or mentor, or whose contribution to a team just cannot be ignored.

Criteria: The judges will be looking for inspirational stories of where an individual has contributed to the success of their business or team. They will be looking for entrants who have demonstrated commitment to their company, have gone the extra mile for customers or colleagues, and who are considered as a vital member of the company.

Manager of the Year

Purpose: To recognise an imaginative and creative manager whose individual contribution to the success of a business is by valuing and investing in their employees.

Criteria: The judges will look for evidence of what the manager has done that is special or outstanding for the benefit and wellbeing of their team. Examples of evidence to support the application can include team development,

coaching and mentoring, achievement of key performance indicators, sales performance, and how the individual makes the company a wonderful place to work. Nominations for Manager of the Year are welcome from any member of a team / company.

Community Contribution Award

Purpose: To recognise a dynamic contribution to the local community or a commitment to the environment by a company based in or having a significant presence in our circulation area. This category is not open to businesses or organisations who undertake community activities as a core business.

Criteria: Entrants will be able to show a clear mission statement, either in a one-off venture or in an ongoing commitment, to helping and/or improving their local community or the environment. The initiative can be anything that would help improve the lives of people in the area and enhance the relationship between the company and the community in which it is based. The contribution can be monetary, or involve the provision of resources and expertise.

For full rules and conditions, click here.