The first ever Lancaster Shop Front Awards have been presented at a special ceremony at The Borough, attended by representatives from the selected finalists.
Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) collaborated with Lancaster Civic Society to award businesses "making a positive contribution to the city centre streetscape".
The judging team from Lancaster BID and The Civic Society highlighted how impressed they had been with the overall standard of many of the business premises in the city centre and that it had been a very difficult task to decide the ultimate winners.
Following extensive improvements to the shop front over the past year, Paper Gallery on Upper Market Street was the overall winner in the retail category, with finalists including, Single Step Wholefoods, Shipwrecked Tattoo, Banks Lyon Jewellers and Silver Tree.
The Radish on New Street took away the prize in the Hospitality category for their high quality signage and sympathetic style lettering in their shop window. Finalists in this category included, Sun Café Restaurant, Sultan of Lancaster, Diggles (Frances passage) and Wagon & Horses.
The final winner in the Commercial Category was 37 Sun Street which has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment to highlight the original features and complement the nearby historic Sun Square. Finalists in this category included, 37 Sun Street (winner), Thomas Consulting, JWK Solicitors, V Move and One Legal.
Tom Fyson, Lancaster BID Development Manager, said “One of the key aims of Lancaster BID is to make the city centre a more attractive place to visit. These awards gave us the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the many businesses who go above and beyond to ensure their shop fronts make a positive contribution to the city streetscape.”
Martin Widden, joint chair of Lancaster Civic Society, said “It has been great to work with the BID to set up these new Lancaster Shop Front awards. We are delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civic Society by inaugurating the Awards, and we hope they will become a regular event in the calendar.”
Below: The Radish on New Street, taking the prize in the Hospitality category
Below: Paper Gallery, Upper Market Street - Overall winner in the retail category
Below: 37 Sun Street