The Results Are In!

On Friday 14th November, I hosted an award ceremony for the Yarmouth Greats competition.

The evening was the culmination of the competition which began in May, with hundreds of local people casting their votes for their favourite businesses each month.

Held at the Zest Rooms in Hopton, the awards were compered by the BBC’s Nick Conrad and presented by myself and John Potter.

The competition was split into three categories: Tourist Attractions, Hospitality Venues and High Street Shops.

There were two awards for each category – Highly Commended and Winner. Along with a trophy, winners were presented with Splurge Cards, provided by Nigel Grimmer of local business, Splurge.

I would like to congratulate every single business that was nominated for one of these awards and, in particular, the winners. We have so many fantastic businesses in Great Yarmouth and these awards were a chance for residents to say thank you for all of the hard work that they do.

This competition has been entirely led by the public, so every business that was nominated is a winner as they have provided such good service that customers have taken the time to vote for them. I hope that local people will use these awards to discover new businesses in the area that they may not have tried before – just look out for the blue tag!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ THE RESULTS ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Tourist Attractions
Highly Commended – Time & Tide Museum

Time & Tide

Winner – Yesterday’s World
Yesterday's World

Hospitality Venues
Highly Commended – Kilbrannan Guest House
Kilbrannan Guest House

Winner – Mocha
Mocha

High Street Shops
Highly Commended – Avenue Fabrics
Avenue Fabrics

Winner – Bradwell Butchery
Bradwell Butchery

Yarmouth Greats Finalists Announced!

The shortlist of businesses nominated for Brandon Lewis’ Yarmouth Greats competition has been announced.

The ten most popular businesses in each category have been invited to the Yarmouth Greats Awards Ceremony at Zest Rooms, Potters Resort on 14th November. Two prizes will be awarded in each of the categories: Highly Commended and Winner.

The shortlisted businesses are listed (in alphabetical order) as follows:

High Street Shop

Avenue Fabrics
Barkers Photographic
Bizarre Bizarre
Bradwell Butchery
Cribs & Bibs
Fusion Hair & Beauty
Harnser Yarns
Normans Furniture
Palmers
Strictly Photography

Tourist Attraction

Britannia Pier
Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club
Great Yarmouth Minster
Hollywood Cinema
Merrivale Model Village
Nelson Museum
Retroskate
The Hippodrome
Time & Tide Museum
Yesterday’s World

Hospitality Venue

Columbia Taverna
Fish & Grill
Kilbrannan Guest House
Kings Arms
Kirsty’s Cakery
Market Row Café
Mocha
The Troll Cart
Sara’s Tea Rooms
Yankee Traveller

Palmers Department Store

In June 1837 Garwood Burton Palmer opened a small drapery shop in Great Yarmouth Market Place. Now 177 years later, Palmers is still an independent business.

The Company has expanded its operations over the years and now employees over 350 staff. Located in the Market Place we have always prided ourselves on our wonderful window displays to encourage local customers and also tourists in to our store. Our buying team travel the length and breadth of the country in search of new merchandise to inspire our customers, whilst ensuring our prices are competitive. We are constantly reviewing our product offer and this year alone we have introduced over 10 new fashion brands including Superdry for Men, a new Gift Emporium and for the seasonal period a new Christmas department.

Being a family owned business we know that “Customer Service” is paramount and it is and always has been and always will be out policy to continue to excel in the level of customer service we offer.

Deadline Extended!

Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis, has today extended the deadline for the Yarmouth Greats competition.

Due to the high level of public interest in the competition, the deadline for voting has now been extended to 10th October, giving residents and extra two weeks to vote for their favourite high street shop, tourist attraction or hospitality venue.

Brandon Lewis: “I have been absolutely delighted by the level of interest in the Yarmouth Greats campaign. So many residents have voted, giving glowing reviews of the shops, restaurants, pubs and tourist attractions across our area. The voting isn’t slowing down, so I have decided to extend the competition deadline, giving local people extra time to get involved. I look forward to reading even more good stories about the businesses that make Yarmouth Great.”

Stars Nightclub

Stars Nightclub is Great Yarmouth’s newest venue..The old Regent Theatre which originally opened December 1914 was designed by the architect Francis Burdett Ward and built by Crotch & Son. The building has in the past been a Theatre, a Cinema and a Mecca Bingo Hall. The new owners have restored the Grade II listed building to its former glory and it is now going to be operated as a Nightclub and Showbar.

There is a capacity of approximately 1,000 including, seating, VIP Booths, VIP Boxes and standing areas.
A 50ft bar has been freshly built ready to be used alongside the original bar which has been refreshed to operate as a cocktail, shot and bottle bar.
Stars will be hosting a variety of entertainment including; DJ’s, Singers, Dancers, Bands, Comedy Nights, Wrestling, Boxing, Mediums, Pantomimes, Ladies Nights, Plays, Cabarets, Burlesque Nights, Named Acts, aiming to cater for all age groups (see show scheduling).

The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms is an old hostelry with a modern outlook set in a conservation area of Northgate Street. Situated a stones throw away from the Market Place and adjacent to St Nicholas Minster, The Kings Arms has a large bar area with a small but cosy restaurant serving light snacks to home cooked favourites, along with burgers & steaks. It boasts a large award winning beer garden with a patio area for that cool drink in the sun or some alfresco dining. The Kings Arms strives on good honest service and value for money. There really is something for everyone so bring a friend, bring the family, you can even bring the dog and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the Kings Arms. Mel, Michael and staff look forward to offering you a selection of fine wines, real ales and good freshly prepared food. Visit our website www.thekingsarmsgreatyarmouth.co.uk Like us on Facebook. TheKingsArmsGreatYarmouth Follow us on twitter. @TheKingsArmsGY Review us on trip advisor. The Kings Arms Yarmouth

Over 40 Yarmouth Greats Certificates Awarded!

With the overwhelming popularity of local MP Brandon Lewis’ Yarmouth Greats campaign, over forty certificates have today been sent out to businesses in the area.

The campaign, which invites local residents to vote for their favourite high street shop, tourist attraction or hospitality venue, has been so popular that another 40 certificates have been sent to the nominated businesses.

Over sixty businesses have now been nominated, the full list of which may be seen by clicking here.

Brandon said: “every time I visit a business that has been nominated I am reminded of how many great companies and owners we have in Great Yarmouth. Whether it is a store, a venue or a place to eat and drink I am excited by just how many are offering such superb service and great products to people in Great Yarmouth. They are well deserving of our recognition and thanks and I would encourage people to check out these great businesses and visit them.

“The popularity of this competition is a testament to the special place our local businesses have in the hearts of residents. These companies go above and beyond what is expected and this shines through the comments made by each and every comment made. If you haven’t nominated a business yet, head to www.yarmouthgreats.com and encourage your friends and family to do the same!”

Bizarre Bizarre

Bizarre Bizarre is a family run, independent business in the heart of Great Yarmouth. Having traded under the name of Bizarre Bizarre for almost 20 years we have built up a great reputation among customers near and far. Stocking hundreds of unusual gifts, jewellery, homeware and more, Bizarre Bizarre offers a great alternative to regular High Street shops. We pride ourselves on keeping prices fair, as well offering excellent customer service and a unique shopping experience.

Brandon Lewis MP awards second round of Yarmouth Greats certificates

The Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis, has presented the second round of certificates to nominees in the Yarmouth Greats competition by local residents.

On Saturday 7th June, Brandon visited seven local businesses to present the awards as part of the Yarmouth Greats competition, which runs until September.

Businesses were nominated from each of the three categories in the competition: High Street Shop, Hospitality Venue and Tourist Attraction.

Brandon said:

“It was a pleasure to meet such a variety of local businesses who are inspiring such loyalty in their customers. It is businesses that these that put Great Yarmouth on the radar of so many holidaymakers year in, year out, while also catering to the needs of local people. I’d like to congratulate all of this week’s nominees and encourage residents to keep voting!”