Retail 'Oscar' awards given thumbs-up by Derby city centre shoppers
CITY shoppers have expressed their approval following the launch of the Derby Retail Awards.
The awards scheme, which launched this week, aims to honour shops in Derby, both large and small, for their contribution to the city.
And shoppers have spoken of their praise for the awards – branded retail's "Oscars" – which are being supported by the Derby Telegraph, Derby College, Marketing Derby, St Peter's Quarter, Cathedral Quarter, Westfield and Iron-gate Group.
Eighteen-year-old twins Hollie-Marie and Amber Gilbert-Castledine said they regularly shopped in the city.
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Hollie-Marie, of Shipley View, Ilkeston, said: "The Cathedral Quarter shops have so much to offer and it is a chance for them to be recognised."
Amber, of Agard Street, Derby, said: "I love shopping in Derby. It's a real hub for great shops and is central to everything."
The competition is run to celebrate everything that makes the city a fantastic shopping experience.
Retailers in the city can apply for nine categories, which are Best Store Merchandising, Best Window Display, Best Customer Experience, Best Sales Person, Best Store Manager, Best Shopping Break Destination, Best Independent Retailer, Best Multiple/National Retailer and Best Charity Retailer.
The tenth category is the Derby Telegraph Customer Choice Award, which will be voted for by Derby Telegraph readers.
Peter Constable and his wife Trish, who live in Long Lane Village, near Radbourne, said they mainly shopped in the Cathedral Quarter. Mrs Constable said: "I think Canopy and Mad Hatters have lovely things."
Her husband added: "We shop at the independent shops to keep them going."
Lucy Drummond, 16, of Chaddesden, said she thought the awards were a "great idea".
And Nicole Wells, 20, of Kedleston Road, said the city's retail industry was a selling point for her moving to the city to study at the University of Derby.
She said: "In Wolverhampton, where I'm from, all of the shops are closing down.
"When I first came to Derby I loved how many good shops there were."
Entries for the awards must be submitted by Monday, February 25.
The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony at Derby College's Roundhouse campus on Wednesday, March 20.
Entrants must submit no more than two pages of A4 paper addressing the specific criteria for the category,.
Entries can be e-mailed to events@roundhouse-events. co.uk. Visit www.marketing derby.co.uk/retailawards for more info.