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Local Boots Store Manager shortlisted for national ‘High Street Hero’ award

18 October 2016
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Sally Francis from Mansfield has been named as one of Britain’s high street heroes by being shortlisted in the third annual Great British High Street competition.

Mansfield Boots store manager, Sally, has been chosen alongside Simon Dicken, a Wilko store manager from Bristol, and Zabir Khonat from Camden’s Marks & Spencer’s, as the top 3 store managers across the country. Now, to be crowned champion, Sally needs your votes.

Sally Francis looks after one of Boots’ top stores and is the town lead for the Healthy High Street programme. By bringing together local retailers and council members, her passion has helped re-invigorate the high street through the “I Love Mansfield” campaign, developing a toolkit for businesses to use to bring pride to the town.

Between now and 18 November you can cast your vote for Sally for free via

If Sally wins, not only will she get a share of a £10,000 prize pot, but she’ll win expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost her social media skills.

High Streets Minister Andrew Percy said:

“Our high streets are the life and soul of towns, villages and cities across the country and the record number of competition entries this year is proof of their continued importance to local life.

“There are bustling high streets up and down the country from North London to Northumberland and now is the time you can show support for your local store manager and get voting”.

The Great British High Street Competition 2016 celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets. It is one of a number of initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.

New to 2016, the competition is also looking for individuals to win a ‘high street hero’ award. With categories for store managers and employees from national or independent retailers, it recognises individuals who are making a difference to their local community.

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops. Now the shortlist has been drawn up and the public has the chance to vote directly for the person working hard for their local high street.

Sally Francis, Boots Mansfield store manager said:

“I’m delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the competition. Boots is at the heart of the high street and I’m passionate about offering the very best health services and care to customers and patients.

“I’m proud to be part of a local community that is working together to re-invigorate the high street and bring pride to Mansfield.”

To go online to cast your vote, visit the Great British High Street website and follow @TheGBHighSt on Twitter.

Voting closes on the 18th of November.


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

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