Businesses in Farnham are excelling when it comes to providing a great customer experience, according to a recent independent mystery shopper review.

Over 50 people gathered at the Farnham customer service awards on 6 November at Farnham Town Council to celebrate their achievements, which were highlighted by the review.

“While online shopping is clearly here to stay, the internet can never compete with the high street when it comes to an enjoyable and personal shopping experience. This review shows that businesses in Farnham are giving their customers great service and are looking to do even better,” says Lead Member for Tourism and Events Councillor Jill Hargreaves who presented some of the awards at the ceremony.

“Customers greatly value human interaction and being able to pick up and talk about what they want to buy are all integral parts of buying goods and services. They appreciate the opportunity to get advice from businesses and talk through their purchases in person, whether they are buying clothes, making a will or even buying music.”

Farnham Town Council and Waverley Borough Council funded the Farnham Customer Experience Review to give local businesses looking to up their game in customer service a boost with professional expertise. Supported by customer feedback specialists insight6, 60 independent retailers and businesses took part. Mystery shoppers visited each business, assessing various factors including interior layout, customer service and window displays.

101 Records, Bells Solicitors, Farnham Furnishers, Farnham Library and Nineteen were praised for their impeccable customer experience, scoring full marks of 100% in the mystery shopper assessment. A further 27 local businesses received gold awards for outstanding service and 19 received bronze and silver awards.

Councillor Jim Edwards, Waverley Borough Council’s portfolio holder for economic and community development says: “All participating businesses relished the opportunity to receive constructive feedback about how customers perceived their shop or office so this has been a highly beneficial project for the town. While buying something online can be a soulless experience of clicking and entering credit card details, coming to a local shop or business adds considerable added value to the process; these awards will help businesses to make the experience even more smooth and enjoyable – that’s certainly worth celebrating!”

Jim Smith of insight6 who carried out the assessments said: “These numbers are a real boost as the high street faces its share of challenges. Our research shows that Farnham has a high number of shops and businesses giving customers a great experience, a vital factor if they are to return. Repeated footfall is what all high streets crave so this is all good news for businesses dealing with competition from bigger players, the internet and the major redevelopment projects in the town centre. The range of interesting and eclectic businesses and these results make Farnham a great place to shop and spend time. In fact, collectively, these are the best results of any town in Surrey.

Store Name Bronze Silver Gold Winner
101 Collectors Records X
Alton Sports x
Andre Noir x
Andrew Lodge Estate Agents x
Angel Boutique x
Baker Law x
Barista Lounge x
Bells Solicitors X
Beverley Edmondson x
Bloom x
Bush Hotel x
Caracoli x
Castleton Dental Practice x
Clare Laughland Interiors x
Colours x
Creative Response x
Disking x
Ebb and Flow x
Farnham Chiropractic Wellness Centre x
Farnham Foot Clinic x
Farnham Furnishers X
Farnham Leisure Centre x
Farnham Library X
Farnham Museum x
Farnham Whole Foods x
Funkey Monkey x
Glow Professional Tanning x
Grant & Company x
Hoops Velo x
John Goodridge x
Kidd Rapinet Solicitors x
La Femme x
Laly’s Chemist x
Little Vintage Interiors x
Mimosa x
Ministry of Ink x
Mooeys x
Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe x
New Ashgate Gallery x
Nineteen X
Okomoko x
Phyllis Tuckwell Furniture Showroom – Dogflud Way x
Phyllis Tuckwell Shop – Downing St x
Profiles Personnel x
Remington Harrow x
The Duke of Cambridge x
The Optical Studio x
The Prial x
Tile Boutique x
Wood Floors of Farnham x

 

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