FANCIE that! Sheffield cupcake company Fancie needs a celebration cake of its own after shoppers voted it the Best Independent Retailer in Meadowhall, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The company - run by brother and sister directors Stuart and Amanda Perry - was also highly recommended in the Retailer of the Year category at the prestigious Meadowhall Retail Awards.
Amanda said: “It means so much to win this award - being an actual Sheffield retailer.”
Retailer of the Year and the Best Department Store honour went to the House Of Fraser, which has undergone a £5 million revamp at Meadowhall.
Michael Crofts, the general manager of House of Fraser, said: “It’s the best thing in my career, this. It’s been a fantastic year for us.”
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall Centre director, said: “These awards celebrate the success of Meadowhall and the contribution made by the retailers to the centre and Sheffield’s economy.”
More than 250 people attended the ceremony, hosted by 2008 BBC Apprentice finalist Claire Young, at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel and Spa. Guests were serenaded by big band singer Paul Pashley and a VIP party followed at Napoleon’s Casino on Ecclesall Road.
VIDEO: Press the play burroin to watch out special video report from the awards ceremony.
* And the winners are...
Best Ladies Fashion, TopShop; Best Men’s Fashion, Topman; Best Footwear, Schuh; Best Food Retailer, Nandos; Best Gifts & Treats, Pandora; Best Home Retailer, Argos; Best Health & Beauty Retailer, Boots; Best Children’s Retailer, Disney; Best Specialist Retailer, HMV; Best Independent Retail, Fancie; Best Department Store Awards, House of Fraser.
Specialist (sponsor in brackets): Best Store Design (Clipper), TGI Friday; Best Window Display (Stagecoach Supertram), Ted Baker; Best Customer Service (Chamber of Commerce), Pandora; Best PR (MK Things Happen), Go Pizza; Retailer of the Year (Smith Young partnership), House of Fraser; Highly commended, Fancie Cupcakes.