Today, we are launching a new competition to find the unsung retail champions in their local communities.

Together with Reach, formerly known as Trinity Mirror, we are pleased to unveil the Community Champion of the Month awards, through which we seek to reward those retailers who go that extra mile for their customers and communities. That’s an ethos the NFRN and Reach both support.

The awards are exclusive to NFRN members and each month trophies will be awarded to retailers in five regions – Scotland and Northern Ireland; the North; Wales; the Midlands; and the South. The overall Community Champion of the Year will be revealed at the glittering NFRN Awards at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel on February 12 next year.

You can nominate yourself or a deserving colleague using the online form below. Meanwhile, advertisements and articles in Reach’s network of regional titles will promote the awards and readers will be invited to put forward the local retailers they believe are so special to their community.

To help drive nominations, posters and flyers are being produced for members to display in their stores and to hand out to customers. These are being distributed by Reach merchandisers, can be requested from NFRN Connect on 0800 121 6376 or can shortly be downloaded from this page.

These exciting new awards have been launched in Local Newspaper Week which celebrates the role played by local newspapers in communities across the UK and the importance of highly trusted local journalism and campaigning.

NFRN National President Linda Sood said: “We are looking for members who care about where they live and work and who work tirelessly – and often quietly – in their community, but whose initiatives and fund raising activities have made a real and positive difference to their local environment.

“We know there are hundreds of great retailers out there who are truly committed and enthusiastic about making their communities better places to live. We want to salute and reward them.”

Andrew Crosthwaite of Reach added: “Through these new Community Champion awards we want to highlight and recognise that community values and hard work the local retailers do and we are very honoured to help sponsor these awards and work closely in partnership with the NFRN. Many newsagents go above and beyond in their communities and we should recognise this by rewarding them.”

 

Community Champion Nomination Form – May 2018

To nominate yourself or another retailer, just complete the online form below, adding in as much detail as possible to support your nomination. The deadline for nominations for the May award is 4pm on 31 May 2018.

For any queries, please contact NFRN Connect on 0800 121 6376 (free from UK landline).

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The NFRN are GDPR compliant. The information supplied on this form will be shared with Reach (formerly TMR) representatives for the purpose of judging. Data will be held until 28 February 2019 to facilitate judging of the Community Champion of the Month Award and of the National NFRN Community Champion of the Year Award for those who progress and to allow for a fair and traceable audit process. Winners of Retail Champion of the Month will be reported in Reach regional titles and associated websites and across NFRN communication platforms including the Fed, online pages and in reports/bulletins by e-mail. This is likely to be in word and supported by photo(s) .Winners of the NFRN Retail Champion of the Year will be reported across various NFRN communication platforms including the Fed, online pages and in reports/bulletins by e-mail. This is likely to be by word and supported by photo(s).

 

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