Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 12°C

Search

Ipswich: Still time to vote for your favourite Ipswich Independent - who will the winner be?

PUBLISHED: 18:01 16 July 2014 | UPDATED: 18:01 16 July 2014

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central

Archant

A third of shops and restaurants in Ipswich town centre are independently run - a fact we should be celebrating, says town chief Paul Clement.

“We have a higher proportion of independently run businesses than many other towns,” said the chief executive of Ipswich Central. “We have got specific clusters, like the Saints Quarter and Blackfriars, which are predominantly occupied by independent traders but we also have a range throughout the whole town centre.”

He continued: “It is these individual businesses that give a sense of choice and uniqueness, without them we would end up clone towns, where the geography and the buildings of a town themselves matter not a jot.”

He stressed that a mix of independents and big name chain stores is vital to a thriving town centre.

Mr Clement is encouraging shoppers to nominate their favourite family-owned and local traders for the business of the year award, part of the Ipswich Independents scheme.

This year the competition, supported by the Ipswich Star, aims to truly celebrate those stores that give Ipswich its unique character and feel.

The five businesses with the most votes will then be ‘mystery shopped’ and a panel of expert judges will assess the finalists on friendliness of staff, staff knowledge, customer service, individuality, quality of environment and overall customer experience, amongst other criteria, before deciding which should be named Independent Business of the Year 2014.

We have already received more than 160 nominations, but make sure your favourite is on the list, by clicking here

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

A crowdfunding page has been set up to support the family of Ron Ramsey, who died after being hit by car in St Osyth earlier this month.

Time-lapse footage showing reinstallation of the Ewell Bridge across the A12 at Kelvedon has been released.

Pop singer Ariana Grande has suspended her tour following the Manchester terror attack, cancelling planned dates at London’s O2 Arena tomorrow and Friday.

Drivers in Cambridgeshire are being reminded that roads may be busier than usual this weekend due to the Duxford Air Festival.

Preparations for the fourth annual summer show in Rendlesham are almost complete.

Stansted Airport says it is continuing to monitor the security situation closely following the increase of the national threat status to critical.

A Colchester man has been convicted of conspiring to murder his stepfather in a dispute over his inheritance.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24