The Best Presented Business Frontage/Window Display Competition commenced on the 21 st June 2022. This competition is a collaboration between Fingal Horticultural Society (FHS) and Swords Tidy Towns (STT) in as much as FHS provide the application forms and the certificates for the winners of the competition. STT scaled back on the amount of paperwork by only FHS having to print a limited amount of application forms. Prior to Covid-19, all the businesses in the town received application forms. This was somewhat wasteful because a number of forms were not returned.
The judging of the competition was carried out by STT members Georgy Hughes and Matt Cullen. All businesses in the town were looked at and any business who appeared to be making an effort were provided with an application form. Each of the businesses were informed that we would call back within a fortnight and they were informed that the closing date was the 9 th of July. The purpose of the advance notice period was to give businesses time to complete the form and allow them time to make any improvement to their shop frontage/window display, should they have wished to do so. The judges called back and collected the completed application forms and this amounted to a short list of ten businesses.
Both judges went back to view the shortlisted businesses and then select an overall winner of the STT Perpetual Cup and Gold Merit Certificate, also to select the winners for a Silver Merit Certificate and Bronze Merit Certificate.
The following businesses were presented with awards on July 25:
The Arch Bar was this year’s overall winner. The STT Perpetual Cup was presented to Des
Lawlor (proprietor) on behalf of the Lawlor family.
The Arch Bar also received the Gold Merit Certificate.
The Silver Merit Award went to Vincent’s. The certificate was presented to manager, Hong Maguire.
The winner of the Bronze Certificate was The Card and Party Store. Proprietor, Tom Hanley accepted this award.
All of the shortlisted businesses were revisited to let them know of the winners, and to thank them for their efforts in the competition.