Who represents the best of Buckingham’s businesses?

London Road Bridge, Buckingham. Buckingham Society members, from the left, Ed Grimsdale, Kathy Robins and Roger Edwards. PNL-150730-111746009
London Road Bridge, Buckingham. Buckingham Society members, from the left, Ed Grimsdale, Kathy Robins and Roger Edwards. PNL-150730-111746009

If you feel like your favourite butcher or baker isn’t getting the recognition they deserve, the Buckingham Society are keen to help.

The organisation host their second ‘Trader of the Year’ competition over the next month, tallying votes from the general public to crown the town’s favourite independent store.

Roger Edwards, chairman of the society, explained the thinking behind the initiative. He said: “It’s about celebrating the traders we have and drawing deserved attention to them.”

“When you ask someone who their favourite trader is, they do start to think and they’ll always need to consider quite a few. Buckingham is very lucky in what it does have, and it helps to recognise that.”

“The Buckingham Society hopes that lots of people will take the time to nominate and vote for their favourite traders and help to celebrate their contribution to our lovely market town.”

For four weeks in October and November shoppers in Buckingham are encouraged to pick up a form and nominate their favourite outlet.

Over 500 people contributed to the competition last time around, crowning “At Home” from the Hidden Quarter in Well Street as the eventual winner.

This year’s victor will receive a congratulatory shield to display, at the switching on of the Christmas lights on November 26.

Nomination papers will be available in shops throughout the town and at the Old Gaol and completed forms should be returned to the Tourist Information Office.

Voters are also being asked to put forward their favourite café or restaurant for consideration.

Roger added: “Buckingham is blessed with a great variety of excellent places to eat and drink and the new award aims to recognise this.