Liverpool increasing reputation as a city of high international shopping quality was celebrated in high grace at the first ever ECHO Retail awards.
The event was held at Anglican Cathedral last Thursday, on the 23rd of March, 2017.
Popular high street retailers including Marks and Spencer and John Lewis were recognised alongside boutique brands and others in a variety of award categories.
It was joined by BBC Radio One DJ Dev who hosted the inaugural event and an after show party in the outstanding surroundings of Liverpool Cathedral.
Head of OCD Events, Liz Discastiglione who organised the event said: “We’ve had a brilliant night here at the Anglican cathedral – celebrating our wonderful shops and stores in a wonderful city.
“Hopefully it is the first of many celebrating Liverpool’s top class retail offering. The city offers a unique and diverse shopping experience for everyone, near and far – and it keeps getting better all the time.”
The event intended to recognise and appreciate the major contribution the city centre’s shops and stores – and especially their staff – make to both the social and commercial life of the city.
ECHO Editor Alastair Machray helped open proceedings in a welcome speech, while the final award of the night – the Retail Icon Award – was presented by ECHO Managing Director Carl Wood.
It was supported by names including Liverpool ONE, the Liverpool BID Company, Marketing Liverpool and British Style Collective.
Liz added: “At the end of the day it is down to the hard working store managers and staff who all put on a great show for us all, day in, day out.
“Their service, their excellence and the part they play in enhancing Liverpool’s growing reputation is to be commended.
“Tonight was their turn and their show – I hope they all enjoyed it.
Independent retailer Utility, which has stores in Liverpool ONE and Bold Street, managed to scoop two awards, including one for Social Impact.
Not just shops were recognised in the awards. Topshop employee Emily Tooke took home the Rising Star award, while Hugo Boss and Radley’s retail teams were both honoured.
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