City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

£3000 Prize for Leith's "Top of the Shops"

By edg - Posted on 11 January 2012

Leith Walk - view from above

Over 600 independent retailers, restaurants and businesses in the Leith area are being invited to enter a competition, ‘Leith Shop Idol’, for the title of ‘Most Improved’ window display and win themselves £3000 towards their business.

Three prizes are up for grabs and winners will be decided by the public on Facebook and a select panel of judges in a Strictly Come Dancing-style vote.

A free window dressing master-class will be held on 18 January, 5.30-9pm, at the McDonald Road Library for any businesses wanting to pick up tips and tricks from the experts.

“This competition is an excellent way for Leith businesses to showcase what they have to offer," said Councillor Tom Buchanan, Economic Development Convenor.

"By simply taking care of the appearance of their shop fronts, businesses will help to increase the vibrancy and attractiveness of the entire local area and consequently drive more customers through the door."

“I am looking forward to seeing how businesses in the area will exercise their creative flair over the next month.”

The initiative is part of the Council’s commitment to Building Stronger Town Centres across Edinburgh and three town centre coordinators are involved in a variety of projects to promote their area.

Competition details

Application forms will be sent to businesses over the next week with the deadline for entries closing by 31 January. Forms can also be downloaded at or for more information call Sarah Woodford on 0131 529352.