Following Andover BIDs face of the high street competition, where over 600 people entered a drawer and the winner Jane Caron of Amesbury had a portrait of her dog, Sam painted by Alex McGarry.
In the first of its new and exciting Faces of the High street competitions, Andover BID worked on an exciting Faces of the High Street competition. The competition aimed at supporting local Andover businesses following the long period of Coronavirus lockdown featured Alex McGarry Studio and Burgo’s Pet World. The lucky winner chosen through a randomizer was Jane Caron from Amesbury.
This was an amazing opportunity from Andover BID and I was surprised and delighted to win the prize and I am so delighted at being
able to collect my prizes, I am so excited!
Alex McGarry who opened her studio and gallery in Andover just a year ago, says, business in the town has been good since I opened. Other than the lockdown period when most businesses were closed, I have been encouraged at the support from local people but also the number of customers from further afield. Richard, co-owner of Burgos Pet world also feels that Andover is a good place to trade. We have a long history of trading in Andover but only opened our twain centre location last year and the support from local people has been amazing. We have recently opened the aquatic extension to our pet shop, and this has created a huge amount of interest with customers coming from far and wide to have a look.
Steve Godwin, BID Manager says:
The high street is undergoing great change and particularly as a result of this recent coronavirus pandemic. People really seem to want to support their local town centre and I am encouraged by the fact that new businesses are still looking at and considering Andover. We already have a really good mix in the town of national names and entrepreneurial independent businesses and more enquiring. With our town being a safe, convenient and enjoyable place to visit, we are understandably proud of all that we have to offer. Competitions such as the face of the high street and the recent crack the code are aimed at promoting local businesses at encouraging people to enter and win prizes. We are pleased that that Jane from Amesbury was able to win some lovely prizes and be able to walk away with a hand painted of her dog, Sam.
Photo: Competition winner’s prize, a hand painted picture of her dog, Sam. By local Artist Alex McGarry