Worcester MP Robin Walker last Friday presented certificates to nominees for Robin’s inaugural independent business awards.

Robin received a number of nominations from members of the public, and the businesses that received the most nominations were then shortlisted for the main prize, and from there Robin then selected the award winner.

The independent business awards were launched in August and received a large number of nominations. Independent businesses in Worcester are the heartbeat of the high street and are integral to ensuring a strong local economy, opportunities for our youth, and helping to keep down unemployment. Worcester has outperformed national trends as a result of its attractive city centre and strong selection of independent businesses.

Nationally, Conservative Governments have worked hard to create policies and legislation that ensure business is well-supported to create a stable economy based on growth and encouraging entrepreneurism. They have also discounted business rates in order to help the High Street.

Robin has long advocated for supporting small businesses and shops as part of Worcester’s thriving retail community. As a backbencher, Robin was a member of the Business Select Committee and called for a major report into high streets and the future of retail; as well as campaigning tirelessly for the reform of business rates to help the high street and ease the burden on small retailers and shops and recently strongly supported measures implemented by the Chancellor; as part of a £1.5billion pledge to combat the dominance of major online retailers and support local businesses. He has welcomed the shortlisting of Worcester for the Government’s Future High Street’s fund and the opportunity for up to £25m of investment in the city centre.

The Shortlisted businesses were:

  • Wise Owl Toys
  • Rock Follies Vintage
  • Mr Simms Sweet Shop
  • Malpas Stallard Ltd
  • Anja Potze Jewellery
  • Shake and Play
  • Bare Grillz
  • Delhi Spice
  • Donnelly’s Fish and Chip Shop

After making the presentations to the businesses in Worcester, Robin said:

“Independent businesses play such an important role in Worcester and to our local economy, and we have a number of distinctive, unique and original shops, restaurants and other businesses which deserve to be recognised. Each of these is a special place in its own right and it was very hard to choose between them in order to pick and overall winner.”

“As Worcester’s MP I have worked hard to ensure that small, local businesses in Worcester are thriving, expanding and employing. It was a pleasure to present the certificates to the nominees for the Worcester Independent Business Awards. I am so proud of all our independent businesses and thrilled that so many of them have been nominated by members of the public.”

“Although I will announce the winner tomorrow, I commend all of these businesses for having the dedicated support of their customers, this local community feel contributes greatly to Worcester’s fantastic high street atmosphere and I look forward to once again supporting our high street over the festive period.”


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