Roobarb’s reward

A Shropshire retailer is celebrating after being crowned Best in Britain for the second year running. Roobarb, which has branches in Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury, was crowned Independent Retail Team of the Year – and to put the icing on the cake, they were also crowned Charitable Champion for the work they do with an African children’s charity.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in May by Strictly Come Dancing star Rev Richard Coles on behalf of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), who represent independent retailers across the country.

Roobarb’s director Marcia Dale says, “This award is a stunning accolade for us and our team. We believe in building a strong knowledgeable team which pays dividends and is hugely appreciated by our customers. To win the Charitable Champion Award for our work with orphans and street children in South Sudan was truly amazing.”

Fellow director Kevin Bellwood adds, “Retail on the high street is going through a tough time at the moment and with a number of national store closures and independent retailers struggling and finding it hard with increased rents and business rates, so this a great piece of positive news for us and our team.”

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