After the toughest year in a generation for our local high streets, local shoppers have one final chance to name the local retailers they feel should be rewarded for their tireless service to their community.
Whether your High Street Hero is your favourite butcher, baker, or barista, the campaign is a celebration of the brilliant work of independent retailers and the pride they bring to local communities. Votes have been rolling in and the competition is fierce ahead of the voting deadline closing next week.
High Street Heroes NI is a joint campaign from Retail NI and the Irish News supported by Camelot and Translink. With thousands of votes cast already across Northern Ireland competition is tight as towns and villages vie for the overall titles.
Don’t hold off on home heating oil in hopes of price drops, expert urges Northern Ireland consumers
Blueprints unveiled for enormous new hotel right next to Belfast’s Titanic centre in the city’s old shipyard district bringing over 600 construction jobs
Planning system in Northern Ireland to go down for three weeks as computer crisis looms
Curry’s Fun Park Portrush announce new rides, tokens and appeal for staff
Postal workers set to go on strike across Northern Ireland next month
Votes can be cast across 12 different categories with shoppers and customers asked to name their favourite convenience store, deli, butcher, off-license, or Covid-19 champion, among others.
Get involved today and give your local independent retailers the recognition they deserve by placing your vote at retailni.com/high-street-heroes
The High Street Heroes categories include:
Favourite retail outlet
Overall Favourite High Street of the Year
Community COVID-19 Champion
Independent Retail Employee of the Year.
Minister for the Economy, Gordon Lyons MLA, said: “I am delighted to support the High Street Heroes initiative. Independent retailers are the backbone of village, town and city centres across Northern Ireland. They have played a very important role throughout the pandemic and that will only increase as the recovery accelerates. Shoppers enjoy the individual character, expertise and personal service delivered by independent retailers and this is the opportunity to vote for your favourites across the wide range of categories. So whether it is your favourite independent food store, clothing outlet or record shop, go ahead and vote for them as your High Street Heroes.”
Retail NI Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts, added: “With just days left to cast your vote, we would encourage the public to celebrate their favourite local independent retailer and vote for their High Street Heroes. Competition is strong among our 12 different categories, and it is fantastic to see so many turn out online to celebrate their towns and villages’ high streets. Get online now and vote for your High Street Hero today!”
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.
In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.
Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.
You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk
With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.