On Friday (1st November 2019), Robin spent the day dashing around the City dropping into businesses, chatting with local residents and shoppers out on the Hight Street as the much-anticipated Robin Walker’s Independent Business Awards 2019 came to a head.

To showcase the fantastic businesses in Worcester, Robin launched his Independent Business Awards to celebrate the best of the constituency’s small shops. Constituents were asked to nominate their favourite independent businesses- for more details on the awards please see: https://www.walker4worcester.com/2019/11/walker-celebrates-independent-businesses-in-worcester/

Having received countless nominations for several businesses, Robin was set with the difficult task of choosing the ultimate winner.

Rock follies vintage set up shop permanently in Worcester in 2012, and ever since the shop has contributed to the City’s unique and quirky independent business scene. Situated in Reindeer Court, the shop is a glistening example of success revitalising an area of the City that has sadly seen some empty shops and some tough times over the past few years.

Rock Follies was selected for a number of reasons: each nomination we received contained glowing comments about the friendliness of the staff, the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the quality of stock. Furthermore, as a vintage clothing outlet, the shop promotes sustainability and a circular economy by advocating for the reuse or alteration of clothes.

One factor that helped push Rock Follies to victory was the accessibility of their fashion brand; guides offering a helping hand to those who may be interested in altering their look but might not know how are available in store and instruct customers on ‘how to tie a vintage scarf’ and ‘how to build a 1940’s Capsule Wardrobe’. Customers who nominated the shop spoke of the brilliant personal service and the quirky creativity of its window displays.

Commenting on the award Robin Walker said

“There are so many brilliant independent businesses in Worcester and the sheer variety and creativity of the shops, restaurants and other small businesses is something that benefits the whole city. It was a delight to present this award to such a unique and special shop and one that has been providing joy to so many local residents for so long. The quality of all the nominations to the awards was fantastic and it is brilliant to see local people celebrating the service and the dedication of the independent business people who support them. I was particularly pleased to be able to award the winners trophy to a business in Reindeer Court which has weathered tough times and come out fighting.”

“Supporting the High Street has always been one of my key campaigns as a local MP and I was really pleased to be able to work with councillors to freeze parking charges in Worcester over a number of years, to deliver business rates discounts for small businesses and to promote our city as being open for business. Looking forward to a busy Christmas period ahead, I am delighted to take the opportunity before I step down as MP and become a candidate again to say thank you and well done to some of the wonderful independents that make Worcester such a special place.”