The @BBCRadio4 #youandyours programme are seeking nominations for Best Local Retailer Award!

Radio 4’s daily consumer programme, You and Yours, are looking for nominations for the “You and Yours Best Local Retailer” Award.  It’s part of the BBC’s Food and Farming Awards, and judges include chefs Angela Hartnett, Valentine Warner and Arthur Potts Dawson.

BBC Food and Farming Awards: Best Local Retailer with You and Yours!

As I’m back on the show on Monday 2nd July, talking about Independent Retailer Month, the You and Yours team asked me to spread the word that they are looking for local food retailers selling great food, and making a contribution to their local community.  They are also looking for people doing innovative things to keep local food businesses relevant today.

If you are, or if you know of, a retailer who may fit the bill then make sure they take a look at this fantastic opportunity. All the details about the awards and how to nominate are here: BBC Food and Farming Awards – Best Local Retailer.   The closing date is midnight 12th August.

Good luck! :-)

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About Clare Rayner

Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK, championing for the success and sustainability of smaller, independent retailers and suppliers to retail. A child born into a family of retailers and entrepreneurs, she is passionate about retail and business: it is in her blood. Clare started out as a fast-track graduate store management trainee for McDonalds and went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Since 2006 Clare has been engaged by clients as a retail consultant, professional speaker and business mentor. In 2011 she was invited to launch Independent Retailer Month in the UK, a global 'Shop Local' campaign which runs throughout July that has gained incredible momentum and reach under her leadership. Following the success of this campaign she created “Celebrate an Independent Christmas”, launched in 2012, featuring nationwide “Christmas Shopping Crawls” in high streets and retail communities UK wide. In 2013, following the continued success of the Independent Retail campaigns, Clare launched the “Enjoy an Independent Easter” campaign. Clare is also founder and host of 'The Retail Conference', a well-established and highly respected annual retail industry event. Clare is a frequent media contributor, regularly featured on BBC, Channel 5, ITN and Sky TV News, various radio broadcasts, within trade press and digital media, commenting on a wide range of retail and consumer topics. As one of the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) “Real Life Entrepreneur Champions”, Clare has been recognised by the UK’s leading small business community as an inspirational role model for any start-up or small businesses. Her first book, entitled 'The Retail Champion: 10-steps to Retail Success', was published by Kogan Page in July 2012. Her second book, entitled “How to sell to retailers: The secrets of getting your products to market”, was also published by Kogan Page on 3rd February 2013.
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