Best Dressed Window Competition
Retailers compete for Gold this Summer!
Local businesses on the High Street and neighbouring streets are
taking part in a Window Dressing Competition to celebrate our Great
Summer in Bedford Borough.
This Summer is shaping up to be an exciting time for the
Borough, with the Olympic Torch Relay, BedFringe, River Festival
and Olympic Live Site fast approaching, so businesses are looking
for more innovative ways to stand out and appeal to the crowds
expected to flock to Bedford.
Voting will open on 4th July, known as Retailer ‘Independents
Day’. The public will then have until 22nd July 2012 to choose
their favourite window displays.
There are three judging categories for the competition:
- Best Dressed Independent Retailer
- Best Dressed Chain Store/Franchise
- Best Dressed Charity Shop
Votes can be cast online at www.bedford.gov.uk/bestdressed,
which can also be found by following links from the ‘Bedford Best
Dressed Competition’ Facebook page or by picking up entry forms
instore at participating retailers and returning them completed to
ballot boxes set up in Bedford Central Library, the Town Hall and
A pair of £25 Love Bedford vouchers will also be up for grabs
for two lucky voters.
Mayor of Bedford Borough Dave Hodgson said; “This Summer provides
the perfect opportunity to showcase Bedford at its best, and this
competition will see the creativity and vision of our retailers
come to the fore. I look forward to seeing displays that will no
doubt really capture the attention of visitors and residents
The competition follows 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