High Street Heroes 2024 - Award Guidelines

30 May 2024

High Street Heroes 2024 - Award Guidelines

High Street Heroes Voting - 1st July to 31st July

Through our High Street Heroes NI campaign, Retail NI in partnership with Belfast Live, Allwyn, Roam Local & SSE Airtricity is giving you an opportunity to highlight and celebrate Northern Irelands amazing independent retailers and local high streets.

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Our awards are different. There are no judges, the winners are decided by the public through an online vote. It’s the customers that decide who the winner is.

From 1st July 2024, we will give you the opportunity to vote online for your favourite independent retailer across 12 categories. 

Our biggest and most popular categories are the High Street of the Year and the Independent Retailer of the Year.

High Street Heroes NI is the biggest ever showcase of our amazing worldclass local independent retailers and the huge contribution they make to our local communities and high streets as well as local suppliers.

70pence in every £1 spent with a local independent retailer is recycled around the economy, helping local farmers, producers, manufacturers and above all else our local communities.

Make sure you vote!

CATEGORIES

BEST BUTCHER
SPONSORED BY NIE

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You can vote for in-store or stand-alone Butchers.

 

BEST COFFEE SHOP
SPONSORED BY Deep River Rock

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You can vote for in-store or stand-alone coffee shops.

 

BEST CONVENIENCE STORE

SPONSORED BY BOBBY’S FOODS

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BEST DELI/BAKERY 
SPONSORED BY Gig Grafter

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You can vote for in-store or stand-alone Delis/Bakeries

 

BEST FASHION RETAILER
SPONSORED BY Roam local

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BEST FORECOURT
SPONSORED BY Ipower Energy

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This is for independently owned forecourts including all the main symbol groups.

 

BEST GENERALIST RETAILER
SPONSORED BY Johnston Shopfitting

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You can vote for all other independent retailers not covered in an existing category e.g book shop, greengrocers, pet shops etc.

 

independent retail employee of the year
SPONSORED BY sse airtricity

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Those seeking to enter this category need submit a 30 second video demonstrating how their business are green, eg recycling, energy efficiency etc. The video must be submitted to us no later than 23rd June to ensure it will be uploaded to the voting platform.

 

BEST HEALTHCARE RETAILER
SPONSORED BY nicholl oils

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This includes Chemists, Opticians and other independently owned businesses that sell healthcare products and services.

 

HIGH STREET OF THE YEAR
SPONSORED BY allwyn

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Open to entries from high streets in any local village, town or city in Northern Ireland.

 

BEST HOMEWARE RETAILER
SPONSORED BY soni

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 This includes independently owned kitchen, hardware or furniture retailer.

 

BEST OFF LICENCE 
SPONSORED BY britvic

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You can vote for in-store or stand-alone off licences.

 

OVERALL INDEPENDENT RETAILER
SPONSORED BY bipoax

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Chosen from the list of winners who has polled the most votes.

 

TO view this years awards guidelines

Go to Retail NI Publications | Retail NI to view the Awards Guideline brochure

 

TO VOTE

Go to www.belfastlive.co.uk/HSH, enter as many or as few categories as you choose.

 Once you are happy with your entry click submit