The winners of the Hereford Business Improvement District Best Christmas Shop Window Competition 2019, were recognised by the Mayor at the Town Hall in Hereford.
With a fantastic response of over 20 businesses taking part this year and on Monday 16th December the public votes were collated to produce a list of the Top 6 Best Dressed Christmas Windows consisting of the 3 ‘Top Independent Businesses’ and 3 ‘Top National Businesses’. A panel of judges comprising of The Right Worshipful Mayor of Hereford, Kath Hey, Steven Haines, Programme Lead for the Innovation Studios at NMiTE and Elizabeth Hardman; Account Executive, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. The window displays were then judged based on the following categories to give an overall score out of 20:
Creativity / Overall Concept
Presentation of Frontage and Surround
Fun / Inspirational
Scoring was incredibly tight and entrants amazing in their effort and capturing the public’s imagination. After much deliberation the winners are as follows:
Best Dressed Independent Christmas Window
First Place - Sarah Jane's Joy of Flowers, King Street
Runner Up - Luna Gifts, Commercial Street
Runner Up - The Spread Eagle - King Street
Best Dressed National Christmas Window
First Place - Pandora, Old Market Hereford
Runner Up - RSPCA Hereford Branch, Broad Street
Runner Up - The Entertainer - Commercial Street
The National Retail winners were invited to the Mayor’s office on Wednesday 8th January for a small presentation, with the Mayor visiting the Independent Retail winners on Tuesday 14th to personally present their awards.
Mike Truelove; Operations and Marketing Manager for Hereford Business Improvement District said: “We are delighted that the shop competition has raised the profile of so many businesses and celebrates Hereford based businesses who have shown great pride in their shop. To that end HBID sincerely thanks everyone for taking part and waving the flag for our great City.”