Nominations wanted for annual retail award

Faye Doorbar with Loo and David Morton of Neeps and Tatties holding the David Doorbar Award. Photo; Guy Carpenter.

Shops are being invited to enter the 2018 David Doorbar Award for Innovation and Excellence in Retail.

Nominations may be made for any retail business, including food and non-food, motor dealers and building suppliers, restaurants and take-aways food outlets that trade from premises within Richmond or a four-mile radius.

How the business is presented – exterior and interior and window displays –  presentation of the staff, welcome to customers, efficiency, a desire to help and innovative ideas that keep the business fresh will be at the heart of nominations for this annual award.

The awards are run by Original Richmond, Richmond Business and Tourism Association (ORBTA).

For many years, with his wife Faye, David Doorbar ran Richmond Motor Company, a successful Nissan dealership in Dundas Street.

They frequently achieved top places for customer care in the Nissan league tables.

After the couple sold the business in 2006, David continued as the RBTA Treasurer; was a management board member for the Leader fund; director and chairman at Just the Job Environment Enterprise charity and a director at Yorkshire Business Aid – most of these on a voluntary basis.

Marcia McLuckie, chair of ORBTA, said: ” David was passionate about Richmond and he wanted the town to thrive.

“He believed that businesses should strive to achieve the best and to look after their customers in the best possible way.

“David believed strongly that Richmond has the potential to develop into one of the most vibrant town centres in England, with an enthusiastic and successful retail sector at its heart.

“He would have been immensely proud that in 2018 Richmond was shortlisted in the Champion category of the Great British High Street Awards.”

Before David was taken seriously ill he suggested an award for local businesses that would encourage innovation and excellent retail practices, including Customer Care.

Shortly before he died in 2015 the RBTA presented David with the first of these Awards for Inspiring Innovation and Excellence in Retail. The following year the award was presented to Castle Hill Bookshop and last year’s winners were young business, Neeps and Tatties.

The RBTA is now looking for nominations from the public for the 2018 award. Nominations may be made through the website –

If you do not have access to a computer, then please pick up a voting card at one of our ORBTA member businesses.

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