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Preston It Smiles Better Awards: Voting opens in new city centre awards

Posted on - 3rd April, 2015 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Events, News, Nightlife, Preston City Centre
Arriving at last year's city centre awards bash

Arriving at last year’s city centre awards bash

Who does service with a smile best in Preston city centre?

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Voting for a new set of awards has opened in the Preston, It Smiles Better Awards.

Organised by Preston Business Improvement District it replaces the Alive After Five Awards – which focused on the nightlife in the city.

The new awards run across a wider group of leisure and retail businesses in the city centre.

Mark Whittle, spokesman for Preston BID, said: “Preston is gaining a reputation as a place to come for great service whether you’re coming for a great night out or a successful shopping trip.

“The Alive After Five Awards showed people were proud of the diversity of offer that our night-time economy gave them but we recognise a thriving city centre is as much about what happens in the day as what happens in the evening.

“By extending the awards to the retail sector, we are offering the people of Preston to have their say on who they think are the leading lights in our city.”

A long-list has been put out for public voting, with thousands of votes already cast by Prestonians.

The entrants with the most votes get mystery shopped and the winners are then unveiled at a prize-giving ceremony in May.

Last year’s Alive After Five Awards saw Ronnie Fitzpatrick, the former landlord of the Dog and Partridge, honoured with a Special Recognition Award.

Categories in this year’s awards include best bar, club of the year, restaurant of the year, pub of the year and independent retailer of the year.

You can place your vote online at a dedicated website.

Have you voted yet? Who will get your vote? Let us know in the comments below

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