Voting now open for Watford BID awards

It’s time to get voting for the town centre businesses you think most deserve to win a Watford BID Service Excellence Award.

Now in their second year, the Service Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Watford Observer and Murrill Construction and Project Centre, aim to recognise businesses in Watford town centre that offer excellent service to their customers and clients.

Voting is possible, via the Watford Observer website, or by visiting each finalist and filling in voting postcards. All votes must be cast by midnight on Friday 12th January 2018. Winners will be decided based on the combined results of the public vote and a mystery shopping visit, and announced at the awards ceremony taking place at Watford Colosseum on Tuesday 20th February 2018.

There are 15 award categories and this year’s finalists are:

Bank & building society: Halifax, Lloyds and TSB

Bar: Bar Bodega, Faborje, Steinbeck & Shaw, The Columbia Press, Twisted Monkey, Walkabout

Coffee shop & take-away: John Lewis - The Place To Eat, M&S Café, Ocean Bells and Subway - King Street

Community & voluntary: British Polio Fellowship, Home Start Watford, Keech Hospice and Peace Hospice Care

Consumer services: Flight Centre, Independent Mortgage Advice Bureau, Tailor & Co and Weston Opticians

Estate agent: Dey King & Haria, Proffitt & Holt and Warren Anthony

Hair & Beauty: Artisan Haircutters, Magic Nail Bar and Pearson Brown

Independent retailer: Bang & Olufsen, Comic Parade, Fancy Dress Castle, Gibsons Butchers, Repertoire and SRS Microsystems

Leisure: Everyone Active, Fitness 4 Less, The Comedy Loft, Watford Colosseum and Watford Palace Theatre

Live music venue: The Horns, Molloys and Watford Colosseum

National retailer: Boux Avenue, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Office Shoes, Phase Eight, Primark, Sainsburys and Wilkos

Nightclub: Hydeout, Pryzm and Reflex

Professional services: Bottrills, Got People, Office Angels and Smart Cover Insurance

Pub: Bosleys, Molloys, One Crown, The Horns, The Moon Under Water

Restaurant & hotel: Barracuda, Jurys Inn, Middletons and Zizzi

An award will also be presented to an individual, employed within a town centre business, who continually demonstrates excellent customer service.

For further information about the Watford BID Service Excellence Awards 2018 and last year’s winners is available by visiting Alternatively contact the Watford BID offices at Suite 5 Kings Court, 153 High Street, Watford, WD17 2ER or by calling 01923 919989 or emailing