NORTH Tyneside businesses have just days left to enter the borough’s ‘Top of the Shops’ contest.
The competition aims to recognise the independent shops or services in town centres that pride themselves on putting their customers first.
Nominations are now open, and businesses have until this Sunday to apply.
One ‘Top of the Shops’ award is up for grabs in each town centre of North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.
Businesses must be independently-run, based in one of the three town centres, and be a shop or service establishment.
Businesses self-nominate and can put forward the whole businesses or an individual member of staff. At least five regular customers will be asked to support the nomination, by describing the customer service they’ve experienced.
‘Top of the Shops’ is the latest initiative of North Tyneside’s Retail Centres Task Group.
The group was established in 2009, to support the viability and vitality of the borough’s town centres of North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay.
It brings together the towns’ chambers of trade, alongside officers and members from North Tyneside Council and partners including Northumbria Police and Nexus.
Deputy Mayor Coun Judith Wallace, who is a member of the group, said: “Many of our town centre businesses are independently run by local people who really put their customers first, and we want to celebrate and publicise that uniqueness as much as we can.”
More information and nomination forms can be found at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/topoftheshops.
Residents will be asked to vote for their favourite nominated stores from November 1.
Winners will be announced on November 27.
Each shop or businesses will receive a trophy, a window sticker and an invite to the North Tyneside Small Business Awards in December.