National recognition for Huntingdon comic book shop

Adam Makey

Adam Makey - Credit: Archant

An entrepreneur in Huntingdon has received national acclaim after winning best independent store manager in the Great British High Street competition.

Adam Makey, who runs Niche Comics, took home a trophy plus £1,000 following an online public vote, and was presented with the award at a ceremony in London earlier this week.

The store, in High Street, not only offers comics, but also graphic novels, games workshops, collectibles, action figures, and artwork.

Adam, who opened the shop with his brother, Guy, when he was just 25, said: “I’m very grateful to have won this award, it certainly validates all the hard work I’ve been doing to support the high street in Huntingdon.”

The competition, which runs every year, saw a record of 900 entries for 2016 and some 500,000 votes cast in across the 14 categories, which also include best national store manager and employee.

As well as funding, winners also receive expert training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars, and restaurants, plus a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost social media skills.

Andrew Percy, High Streets Minister, said: “Adam deserves the very highest praise for being a category winner in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

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“From his creative comic-themed events to supporting local schools, his innovative ideas made him really stand out and we’ll be sharing his excellent example to help others learn from his success.”