09 July 2018, 06:26 AM
  • Entries are now open for the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, a free-to-enter competition that is highly respected in the industry for playing an important role in supporting the UK's independent retail market
Entries open for the sixth edition of the Farm Shop & Deli Awards

This year’s online entry process has been refined to reduce the number of questions retailers need to answer, while also providing tips and advice on how best to approach the answers.

Entrants can benefit from exposure across industry and regional publications, including Speciality Food, and their shop will be promoted to over 14,000 visitors to the awards’ website and social media pages.

The consumer voting element takes place in September and October. For this stage customers and fans of shortlisted retailers are encouraged to show their appreciation by voting for them to win online.

The awards also offer entrants the opportunity to promote their businesses to industry experts from the world of speciality retail, fine food and food media who form the judging panel. Retailer of the Year winners are invited to join the judging panel to share their retailing insight.

Victoria Robertshaw, owner of Keelham Farm Shop, winner of the 2017 Retailer of the Year accolade and member of the 2018 judging panel said, “At Keelham we have won over 50 awards – you always know how an awards scheme is recognised in the industry by the comments you receive from your suppliers when you win. We had so many suppliers congratulate us when we won Retailer of the Year in 2017, which is how I know these awards are highly respected within the industry.”

With 12 categories available to enter across nine regions, the 2019 title is set to be a hotly contested competition, which will culminate on Monday 8th April 2019 when winners will be announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC Birmingham.

To enter the awards visit farmshopanddelishow.co.uk