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Entries open to find the Best Independent Store

Published on: 21st February 2023

The Creative Retail Awards and SaveTheHighStreet.org have partnered to recognise the vital role of independent retailers.

The Creative Retail Awards and SaveTheHighStreet.org have announced a partnership for the 2023 Awards, in which they will be crowning the best-designed independent store.

The partnership aims to celebrate and recognise the vital role that independent retailers play in the success of the high street, and to encourage the public to support their local independent stores. The Best Independent Store category is open to independent retailers of all sizes and types, from small boutiques to larger independent department stores.

Speaking on behalf of the 2022 winner, Theodore’s Collection, Farid Karim said: “Winning the Best Independent Store category has been a great honour and privilege, especially as it acknowledges the close collaboration with the Theordore’s team to deliver a luxury jewellery boutique.”

The Creative Retail Awards honour the most innovative and creative retail spaces, products and campaigns in the industry. SaveTheHighStreet.org, dedicated to supporting and revitalising independent retailers, will bring its expertise and community to the partnership.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with SaveTheHighStreet.org once again for the 2023 Awards,” said Antony Behiels, co-organiser of the Creative Retail Awards. “Its mission aligns perfectly with ours, and we believe that together we can truly shine a spotlight on the importance of independent retail and the role it plays in shaping our communities.”

The Independent Store category at the 2023 Creative Retail Awards is open to independent retailers worldwide, with a focus on highlighting the unique design and customer experience of each store. The category is free to enter, with a deadline of the end of March, and applications can be completed online at www.creativeretailawards.com. All entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, with the shortlist announced in July.

Alex Schlagman, founder of SaveTheHighStreet.org, stated: “SaveTheHighStreet.org engages and supports local high street brands at every stage of their journey, from start-up to scaleup, across the UK.”

The 2023 Creative Retail Awards ceremony will take place on 21st September at Proud Embankment, London, where the winning store will be announced and honoured. The winner will receive one month’s subscription to SaveTheHighStreet.org’s new Jo Accelerator business support programme, worth £299, and lifetime access to Jo Assistant. More information on this innovative software can be found at www.joinjo.com

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