ARCADIA TASTE SWEET
A total of 33 shops took part, and 1,200
people voted in a Window Dressing Competition that sparked the
publics’ interest. The competition has now closed and the results
are in… and the winner is: Arcadia, the
traditional sweet shop located in The Arcade, who won the category
of Independent Retailer.
The Window Dressing Competition involved
Bedford’s High Street and neighbouring roads and served to further
improve the town’s shopping experience and to celebrate our Great
Summer in Bedford Borough.
This week, representatives from Arcadia, and
fellow participants in the contest, collected their certificates
which were presented by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
in the Mayor’s Parlour.
Given the large number of businesses competing
in the Independent Retailer category, and the huge number of
votes cast, a runner up spot was added to the competition. The
runner up spot was awarded to Hanworth Interiors,
also located in The Arcade.
Further winning awards went to:
Charity Store category:
Cancer Research UK (located on High Street) with
their professional ‘from stock to science’ display showing what the
number of items sold can then pay for in terms of cancer
category: Wilkinson (located on the High Street)
with their high quality children’s’ air ambulance display. Three
High Street businesses competed in this category.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“This contest has seen real creativity and vision from our local
and national retailers, helping to display Bedford at its best and
promote the town centre’s unique and varied retail offering.
I was pleased to have the chance to congratulate the shops
that participated in this project, all of whom have helped to
showcase Bedford during a particularly busy and exciting period for
the town this summer, including the Olympic torch relay and the
River Festival. My thanks go to all the local retailers whose
ongoing efforts help make Bedford town centre an attractive place
for shoppers and other visitors. We hope to run other window
display workshops and competitions such as this in the future.”
The competition followed on from a Window
Display Workshop that was offered to High Street businesses by
Bedford High Street’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and run
by window display experts ‘Made You Look’.
The Bedford High Street THI seeks to
revitalise the High Street with a combination of works to historic
properties and complementary learning, education and training
initiatives. It is funded by Bedford Borough Council, the Heritage
Lottery Fund and Bedford BID.