And the Retail District Award 2020 goes to Greenwich Market!
Modern Retail Magazine's Good Retail Awards 2020 were announced at Spring Fair, NEC Birmingham on 4 February 2020.
The awards focus on those who are leading the way in the industry with positive innovations that benefit both retailers and their customers. The Retail District Award recognises a retail area producing innovative campaigns and exciting customer-centric initiatives to create a buzz around the retail stores in their area.
Rob Gamage, Editor Modern Retail commented: 'Greenwich Market is a shining example of how retail destinations can thrive today. They demonstrate how important the experiential element is in attracting customers and they actively support their retailers in numerous ways, creating a better community for all.'
and Catherine Erdly of Future Retail Consulting added: 'Greenwich really highlights how communities can create destinations and support their retailers. The numbers speak for themselves - as well as enjoying several world-class attractions, Greenwich has proven that they are equally a destination for the market'.
In their review of Greenwich Market, Modern Retail observed that Greenwich Market is a uniquely vibrant shopping district which showcases the work and offerings of market traders and local independent shops. Providing a unique shopping experience to visitors and locals, retailers within Greenwich Market have felt they are valued members of the local community, with huge amounts of support and fantastic initiatives to grow business.
Creating ‘My Greenwich Experience’ Greenwich Market creates advertising and social media campaigns to grow awareness of the retailers, promoting the message that local shopping rewards local talent. The Greenwich Market website showcases all traders and shops, with retailers being able to update their own page. This means that smaller businesses who cannot afford their own websites are also able to have an online presence, with the site reaching 24,257 hits in December 2019. Alongside what’s on calendars, active social media accounts, a new Christmas lighting scheme and promotion of the vibrant mix of retailers, Greenwich Market continues to support local business, helping to keep Greenwich’s shop occupancy 5% higher than the national average.
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Greenwich Retailer Tailor & Forge was also shortlisted in the Bricks N Clicks category.
The judging panel was made up of industry experts and representatives from both Modern Retail and Spring Fair including Catherine Erdly of Future Retail Consulting, Naeem Arif of the Midlands Retail Forum and NA Consulting Ltd, Julie Driscoll, UK Regional Director of Hyve Group PLC, Spring Fair’s parent company, and Rob Gamage, Managing Editor of Modern Retail.