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Preston’s 2023 High Street Heroes crowned at city centre awards ceremony

Posted on - 20th October, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Competitions, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Proud Preston
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17 awards were dished out to Preston’s High Street Heroes

Preston’s 2023 High Street Heroes have been crowned at a city centre awards ceremony.

The competition, organised by Preston Business Improvement District (BID), and supported by Visit Preston, saw 17 awards handed out, following a public vote.

The High Street Heroes Awards aim to recognise the hard work and commitment of individuals, and leisure and retail businesses in the city centre.

The ceremony, which took place at Ivory Tower @ 1842 on Wednesday 18 October, saw 200 representatives from businesses join together to celebrate their continued hard work and success.

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A special award, Proud Preston Ambassador, was handed out to John Gillmore, a popular regional radio presenter, who recently presented his last show after almost four decades of promoting Lancashire, and more particularly, Preston.

A BID spokesperson said: “The high street can be a challenging place to do business. The finalists and winners, chosen purely by the public, have demonstrated their passion to the city, and to providing an outstanding experience to their visitors.

“The winners, and finalists, deserve the opportunity to reflect on their hard work, determination and commitment – their efforts ensure that Preston remains a great place to enjoy.

“We send our sincere congratulations to all of them and wish them continued success”.

The awards saw 96 finalists in 16 categories, with the total number of public votes reaching almost 80,000.

2023 Winners

Bar Of The Year: Winedown

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Winedown

Retail Manager Of The Year: Bernice Newton – Townhouse Coffee + Brew Bar

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Bernice Newton

Club Of The Year: Warehouse

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Warehouse

Independent Retailer Of The Year: Action Records

City Star: Gordon Gibson

Outstanding Achievement In Retail: Gordon Gibson – Action Records

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Gordon Gibson of Action Records

Leisure Manager Of The Year: Benjamin Draycott – Plug & Taps

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Benjamin Draycott

Market Trader Of The Year: Livesey’s Butchers

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Livesey's Butchers

Customer Service Star – Retail: Daisy West – Boots

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Daisy West

Customer Service Star – Leisure: Alex Loftus – Smashed

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Alex Loftus

Multiple Retailer Of The Year: Lush

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Lush

National Eatery Of The Year: Mowgli

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Mowgli

Independent Pub Of The Year: Plau

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Plau

Chain Pub Of The Year: The Adelphi

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Adelphi

Independent Eatery Of The Year: Smashed

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Smashed

Outstanding Achievement In Leisure: Lisa Billington – The Warehouse

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner Lisa Billington

Special Award: Proud Preston Ambassador: John Gillmore

2023 Preston's High Street Heroes award winner John Gillmore

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