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ARCADIA TASTE SWEET SUCCESS

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 research.

 

Chain Store/Franchise 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.

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