Congratulations to our Centre Manager, Nicola Cormell, who has been shortlisted for ‘Centre Manager of the Year (Medium Centre) at this year’s SCEPTRE Awards, which recognise the best practice and best people in the shopping centre industry.

The awards ceremony is taking place at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in London in June.

Speaking about her nomination, Nicola said:

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award; the SCEPTRE Awards are highly regarded in the retail industry and it’s a real honour to be included in this year’s event. Not only is it recognition for me as the centre manager but for everyone who is dedicated to ensuring we provide the most effective, fruitful and enjoyable retail experience. Our management and security teams work closely with all of our tenants to deliver the best possible service to them, their staff and the visitors to the centre. I’m delighted that Lower Precinct joins such an esteemed list of nominees… fingers crossed for the 20th June!”

Lower Precinct is one of Coventry city centre’s main shopping attractions and Nicola has spent the past four years building the precinct’s offering. It is now home to stores including Clarks, Game, H&M, Lush, New Look, Next, Schuh and Tiger, to name a few.

With the arrival of new seasonal and permanent retailers over the past 12 months, the centre’s footfall has risen by almost 3% despite the national average footfall falling.

As well as national high street brands, Nicola is also supporting independent businesses, after launching a ‘Win A Shop’ competition at the end of last year. An open call out to budding business men and women, the search saw a host of businesses vying for a rent-free unit within Lower Precinct’s Sherbourne Arcade for 12 months. After beating off stiff competition, local entrepreneur Stacey Meikle opened her upcycling business, Stacey’s Shabby Shack, in November 2016.

“We are operating in a really fragile retail environment – not just in Coventry, but nationally – so it’s integral to our tenants that we are always working hard to increase occupancy and drive footfall to stores. Part of my strategy for this was to launch the ‘Win A Shop’ competition and provide a platform to a local entrepreneur with a great business idea. We also host regular events to help drive customers through the doors of our retailers, and we’ve recently launched a new Kids Club; an online portal and series of in-store events for our young visitors to enjoy free of charge.

“Supporting the growth of Coventry’s businesses is really important to me, which is why I took the role of Chair of Coventry Business Improvement District earlier this year; helping to lead the strategy for the city centre; attracting visitors and businesses to Coventry,” she added.

In addition to her role at Coventry BID, Nicola also helps support the local community by choosing a charity partner to work with every year at Lower Precinct. Last year, the centre worked with Myton Hospice and raised over £2,000 through donations and events on site.

This year’s SCEPTRE Awards will take place at The Dorchester, London on 20 June, where Nicola will face tough competition in her category from intu Milton Keynes, Ropewalk Shopping Centre, Swan Centre, Templars Square Shopping Centre, and Shrewsbury Shopping Centre.

Lower Precinct is the only Coventry retailer to feature in this year’s shortlist. To find out more about the event and categories, visit http://www.sceptre-awards.co.uk.