TOP OF THE SHOPS

EDP Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

Bak­ers and Larn­ers of Holt has been named as Bri­tain’s Best In­de­pen­dent Depart­ment Store at the 2019 House­wares In­no­va­tion Awards.

It’s the sec­ond time the store has won this pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade, hav­ing been named Best In­de­pen­dent Depart­ment Store at the House­wares In­no­va­tion Awards in 2016 and also at the Ex­cel­lence in House­wares Awards in 2015.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Michael Baker said: “Again, through the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our staff, Bak­ers and Larn­ers of Holt has picked up an­other na­tional award for ex­cel­lence.”

And the store will find out this month if its food hall has won an­other pres­ti­gious award as it is a fi­nal­ist in the del­i­catessen and gro­cer, food hall and spe­cial­ist cheese shop cat­e­gory of The Guild of Fine Food’s an­nual Shop of the Year awards, which recog­nise ex­cel­lence in in­de­pen­dent re­tail.

Hav­ing had a writ­ten en­try re­viewed by a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts, Bak­ers and Larn­ers will now un­dergo two fur­ther rounds of judg­ing; an an­nounced visit from one of the judges and a mys­tery shop. The awards will reach a fi­nale on Mon­day, March 11 in Har­ro­gate

Mean­while Norwich Mar­ket has claimed the ti­tle of best large out­door mar­ket in the coun­try in The Great Bri­tish Mar­ket Awards 2019.

A spokesman for the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Bri­tish Mar­ket Au­thor­i­ties (NAMBA), which or­gan­ises the awards, de­scribed the city mar­ket as ‘a phoenix ris­ing from the ashes’, adding: “(Norwich) Mar­ket has demon­strated the power of so­cial me­dia for the mar­ket; its work with part­ners and the lo­cal BID; the out­reach to young traders and the marked in­crease in foot­fall and busi­ness ex­pan­sion.”

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Bak­ers and Larn­ers’ food hall

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