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It is with deep regret that we have to announce the postponement and cancellation of two of our flagship events, due to restrictions imposed surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

The Shop Local, Shop Little Heroes Awards luncheon that was due to be held at London’s Ritz Hotel on November 24, has been postponed until spring next year. However, the judging will still take place on November 10, when the three winners and an overall Hero will be chosen.

With the situation around Covid-19 continuing to evolve, it has been decided that the 2021 NFRN Awards planned for January 12 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, will be cancelled. Our next Awards ceremony will take place in 2022.

National President Stuart Reddish said: “Obviously we are very disappointed that these two fantastic events can’t go ahead as planned, but we have been monitoring developments concerning coronavirus and given the social distancing regulations and safety rules imposed by the government it was becoming increasingly apparent that neither the Heroes luncheon nor the NFRN Awards could go ahead.

“These were not decisions that were taken lightly but they were the right ones, as the safety and health of our members, awards finalists, sponsors and staff must come first.

“We look forward to rescheduling and holding our Heroes luncheon when it is safe to do so, and will let you know the revised dates for both this and for our 2022 Awards as soon as we can.”

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