Members of the public are invited to cast their vote for their favourite independent retailer and eatery in the annual City of Perth Independent Business Competition, which launches on Monday 29 June at 9am and runs until Saturday 4 July at 6pm.
28 businesses have been nominated, from clothing boutiques, galleries, gift and toy shops, to beauty salons and hair dressers. Crafters, makers and designers of everything from jewellery to furniture are also represented, as well as food producers, purveyors, and restaurants and cafes.
The popular competition is now in its third year. It supports National Independents Retail Day on 4 July, which is organised by People 1st, and encourages people to support independently-run businesses.
Members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite retailer or eatery by voting online at www.perthcity.co.uk or by completing voting forms which will be available in all participating businesses.
Perth is home to a wide selection of independent businesses, some of whom have been trading for decades, even centuries, alongside more recent additions to the city centre.
Perth & Kinross Council City Centre Manager, Leigh Brown, said, “Last year over a thousand votes were cast in the City of Perth Independent Business Competition, testament to the variety and quality of independent shopping and dining on offer in Perth. Our independent retailers make our city unique and so attractive to locals and visitors alike. They deserve to be celebrated, and I’m sure this year’s competition will prove very popular.”
The winning retailer and eatery will receive a trophy and WorldHost Training for staff members (www.worldhost.uk.com). WorldHost trains retailers in customer service excellence, ensuring that visitors experience a warm and friendly welcome throughout their entire time in the area. Perth & Kinross Council is currently working towards achieving WorldHost Recognised Destination Status for the region.
The nominated businesses are:
63 Tay Street – 63 Tay Street
Byers & Co – 50 George Street
Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty – 20-28 South Methven Street
Copperfields – 42 South Methven Street
Eva Lucia – 29 Scott Street
Fun Junction – 255 Old High Street
H&Co – 71 George Street
Ivory Whites – 3 George Street
Julian Jardine Gallery & Workshop – 45 New Row
Laws of Perth – 85 Scott Street
Lia and Olive – Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Road
Marians – 2-10 North Methven Street
Murray’s the Bakers – 114 South Street
Nawaab – 65 South Methven Street
No 1 The Bank at Parklands – 2 St Leonard’s Bank
Perthshire Flooring – 56 Canal Street
Pharos Parcel – 40 George Street
Precious Sparkle – 10 Charlotte Street
Provender Brown – 23 George Street
Revival – 54 George Street
Scottish Seasons – 36 St John’s Street
Strathearn Kilt Hire – 57 North Methven Street
Tabla – 173 South Street
Tayberry Gallery – 19 Princes Street
The Jewellery Workshop – 262 High Street
The Original Chair Company – Perth Aerodrome
The Record Collection – Murray Street
Whispers of the Past – 15A George Street