There is just over a week left for independent retailers to apply – or nominate a colleague – for the NFRN’s Shop Local Shop Little Heroes Awards.
The awards scheme was created to recognise the selfless retail heroes who have gone above and beyond for their customers and local communities during the Covid-19 crisis. It is backed by Booker, Boost and Mondelez.
Judging will take place in September and finalists will be invited to a private luncheon at The Ritz Hotel in London on 27 October, when the three winning retailers will be announced. They will then go forward to the 2021 NFRN Awards where the overall Shop Local, Shop Little Hero will be announced. The overall winner will receive a £1,500 Booker voucher, a Boost chiller and stock, and a store makeover from Mondelez.
NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “These awards are a fantastic way to recognise the truly inspirational heroes of Covid-19. These have been highly challenging times for independent retailers and many members have completely disregarded the risks to their own health, to continue to provide for their customers and local communities.
“Many store owners have provided a lifeline service for their elderly and vulnerable customers.
“From the nominations so far, members have provided local hospitals and care homes with free products, offered key workers discounts and have delivered essential items to vulnerable members of the community.
“With just days left to apply, I am urging anyone that knows a local retail hero to nominate them for our Shop Local Shop Little Hero awards.”
The deadline is 5pm on Friday 31 July. Nominees must be a NFRN member.
Only applications submitted on an official entry form will be accepted. The form and more information about the awards can be downloaded from the NFRN’s website.