When the Hornsey and Wood Green Independent Shops competition was first proposed, local businesses waited restlessly to see whether their customers would vote for them as winners of one of three categories. After a tense five months from February to June, Hornsey Town Hall’s summer fete event played host to the announcement of the competition results, after a massive 4000 votes were placed by the loyal local residents. Fittingly, local MP Lynne Featherstone who launched the competition was on hand to reveal the winners on stage at this community event, which, in keeping with theme, allowed local independent retailers to promote and sell their products. Lynne said that, “it was an absolute pleasure to organise and host this wonderful event. Our local independents are so important – keeping our high streets vibrant and diverse and giving us great choice.” But Lynne was also keen to acknowledge that this was more than a competition, as it was, “aimed to give publicity and support to our most valued independents during these tough economic times.” There may have only been the three awards for most attractive shop front, best customer service and best overall independent shop, but from the cooperation and motivation shown, the future is looking very bright for independent shops in the local area.
Big congratulations to all the winners and runners-up of the competition and we had the opportunity to speak to all of them exclusively in this month’s edition.