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Retailer of the Year

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This category is open to any retail business that provides a good shopping experience for its customers, a friendly feel that keeps shoppers coming back.  This could be a local business that is an integral part of the community, a retailer that helps keep the local community spirit alive and make small towns the place to visit.  There also needs to be demonstration of consistent growth with growing sales over the past year, plans for future longevity and innovation and where the business has its ‘niche’ it it’s industry.

Goldsmiths

Goldsmiths has been one of Kettering’s luxury jewellers for over 35 years. Who pride themselves on delivering the best customer experience which in turn has shown consistent growth year after year. Regardless of the outcome of this years vote, we thank all of our customers past, present or future.

Jollyes

Jollyes have been established in Kettering for over 30 years. We outgrew our first store as the people of Kettering came flocking with the love they had for their pets. We have been at our current location for ten years now and continue to grow the business by offering great products at great prices and the best customer service. Our team are passionate about pets and no matter what the animal we will always go above and beyond to give the best advice. We also pride ourselves on the charity work we do within our community, we have supported many local charities over the years with prizes and attending charity events at local shelters, running in-store collections and donating pet food and accessories on a monthly basis. Shopping at Jollyes is an experience for anyone even if they don’t have a pet, Jolly by name Jolly by nature.

Magnolia the Florist

With a well-established high street presence and celebrating our 15th anniversary, Magnolia the Florist’s past year has been focused on growing our online presence and expanding convenient floral services for local customers. Through launching our bespoke Letterbox Flowers service, our customers can easily send our exquisite bouquets across the UK €“ no longer restricted to just our local delivery area. Carefully tailoring our online website to offer new services to meet growing online trends for flower ordering and customer demand for unique designs by independent retailers has resulted in a 38% increase in sales over a 9 month period.

Over the past year we have also been prominent in the local community, working with This is Kettering to celebrate Kettering life through a photography competition. We have focused on capturing our audience attention with engaging content on a mix of channels; helpful flower blogs on our website, highlighting global campaigns such as International Women’s Day and promoting local places in the community, eye catching window displays highlighting seasonal trends, reaching out to other local businesses to highlight our passion for flowers and service.

Looking to the year ahead, our emphasis will be on unique floral ideas, flower services and designs to inspire customers whilst looking at our impact on the environment. For us, the future is not only about growing as a business but the legacy we build for future generations. To help make even the smallest contribution to a more sustainable world is imperative to Magnolia the Florist. We are planning to expand our trialing to Eco flowers utilising clever recyclable packaging which reduces our labour time and means customers can recycle every inch of their wrapping.

Print N Go Shop

We are a local shop in Charles St Kettering. There is myself and my husband Nick who run our small friendly shop. We personally go that extra mile to help our customers ensuring the highest level of customer service at all times. We personally go out of our way to source what ever our customers require. We have been running the shop now for just under 2 years and we want to grow with our lovely town.
We aim to be the one stop print and promotional shop in Northamptonshire.
Our customers are at the heart of what we do.

The Bean Hive

The Bean Hive opened its pink doors for the first time on 1st September 2018 and bought something very different to Kettering High Street. We are a collective of independent traders selling a huge variety of products, between us we run the shop and share the costs. We developed the business from a run down shop and a derelict barn, parts of which had not been used for 30 years. We carefully consider every aspect from our colourful exterior and interior decor to our quirky window displays and ever changing entertaining signs. We sell a massive variety of goods from international, national and local companies. Many of the products would more usually be found in department stores or boutiques. Randalls american candy store is our jewel in the crown and the busiest part of the shop. As there are so many traders involved and our turnover is so quick customers will find new products every time they walk through the door. The shop is always fun to visit and customers can be sure of a friendly welcome. Our customer service is exceptional with many of our customers coming in several times a week and indeed becoming our friends. We have a strong organically grown social media presence with many of our customers following our development journey as well the day to day activities of the shop. From the minute we opened our doors we have bucked the local and national trend and have continuous good footfall. Consequently our sales for the first 8 months have been exceptional, in the first four months we had exceeeded our first year forecasts. Many of the traders were in business elsewhere in the town and have seen there sales grow by double or triple in many cases. Our post Christmas sales have continued to be surprisingly buoyant. We have just added a niche sweary card shop to the upper floor which is already rather popular. We are currently developing our Website as online sales are next logical step of our journey. We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of talented traders with specialist skills in design, building, sign writing, social media marketing without whom the shop would not be as successful. We have many events planned for the next year both to entertain our customers and connect with the wider community. We are constantly told that The Bean Hive is the customers favourite ever shop and we believe that our colourful quirky mini department store really is the best retailer in town.

The Film Cell

If you love movies and collect film memorabilia, toys and merchandise, particularly Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel and Disney then vote for us.

We are a local independent business who are specialists in movie/TV mercahndise. We have one of the largest selection of Funko POP vinyl figures for sale in the area. We have been collecting movie merchandise since we were young and 15 years ago we decided to start selling the products that we love via our website. Last year we opened our first shop in Warkton as there was nothing like this in the area and we wanted to bring an independent toy and collectables shop to the Borough of Kettering.

With 3 rooms full of merchandise from Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Disney, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and loads more. We are looking to expand in the near future and offer even more products. We currently sell, movie replicas, figures, Funko POPs, Harry Potter wands, Pokemon, clothing, Homeware and loads more.

We also attend comic cons around the UK from London to Scotland and often do more local events too.

Time 2 Celebrate Ltd

Time 2 Celebrate is a family run Balloon, wedding & Party Specialist business.

Our team pride ourselves on our friendly customer service to individuals and business, together with all our professional training to help you create that magical special party or occasion.

Our Studio has an area where you can watch balloons come to life and an area to view our portfolio of balloon ideas and photo’s of our work at clients events.

We give all our customers our full attention and expert knowledge and know-how of event planning.

We offer a range of personalised and bespoke items for our clients too.

We are always looking to stock the latest trending colours and items for our clients to help create that co-ordinating wow factor at their event.

From milestone birthdays, family get together’s, or even something special at work, we have it covered to make your party perfect.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

1. ALL ENTRIES THAT WERE ELIGIBLE TO ENTER ARE LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE FROM 9th MAY – 30th JUNE SO YOU CAN DIRECT YOUR CLIENTS, FRIENDS, FAMILY TO VOTE FOR YOU! THERE IS NO JUDGING PANEL, THE KETTERING AWARDS IS A VOTING SYSTEM.

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2. AT THE BEGINNING OF JULY FINALISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AND TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE FOR THE AWARDS NIGHT.

3. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY.

 

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