Published on:August 4, 2022
Nearly ten thousand shoppers and customers across Northern Ireland have cast their vote and chosen their High Street Heroes in a range of categories over the past four weeks. The awards will see old favourites battle new faces in a bid to become the ‘High Street Hero’ of their respective category.
Ballymoney, Newtownards and Coleraine have been shortlisted for the High Street of the Year with Wardens, Newtownards Couple Fashion, Coleraine and Winsome Lady Fashion in Ballymoney making the shortlist for Independent Retailer of the Year.The winners in each category of Retail NI’s High Street Heroes awards will be announced at an exclusive evening reception in Hinch Distillery on Wednesday 17 August.

Votes were cast across 11 different categories with shoppers and customers asked to name their favourite convenience store, deli, butcher, off-licence or coffee shop, along with the coveted High Street of the Year.

High Street Heroes NI is a joint campaign from Retail NI and Belfast Live supported by Camelot and Voice for Locals.

Retail NI Chief Executive, Glyn Roberts said:

“The High Street Heroes campaign is a brilliant celebration of Northern Ireland’s independent retailers. The nominees are based across Northern Ireland showing a wide-spread response to the campaign and emphasising the community support for the retailers.

“Many small rural businesses have been shortlisted, being recognised by their customers for the service they provide to their local community.

“It has been a very difficult two years for independent retailers, but this campaign has shone a light on how valued they are in their community, but also our local economy”

 Editor-in-Chief of Reach Ireland, Chris Sherrard, said:

“In the midst of a cost-of-living crisis, it is brilliant to see consumers across Northern Ireland getting behind their favourite retailers and voting for their High Street Hero.

 “The resilience they have shown is remarkable and the awards highlight the value they contribute to their local communities.”

Voice For Locals Founder, Jay Thattai, said:

“We all have our personal favourite local independent retailers close to where we live. It has never been more important to voice out for them and really show how important they are to communities across Northern Ireland. It is those retailers who encourage people into cities, towns and villages to enjoy the unique local choices, quality and personal touch on offer.” 

“It is brilliant to see local consumers voting for their favourite independent retailers and being proud of the fantastic contribution they make to the high streets.”