An award-winning salon has won a £150 cash prize in a best-dressed window competition.

The competition pitted over a dozen independent stores in Brighton city centre, including The Lanes and North Laine, with residents and visitors voting for their favourite festive display over the holiday season.

Simon Webster Hair in Gardner Street received the most votes for its chic Christmas decorations, which included lush foliage and twinkly fairy lights.

Sophie Webster, founder and manager of the salon, said: “It was great to take part in the competition.

"We made all the garlands ourselves with supplies bought from fellow North Laine independent businesses because we wanted to keep everything locally sourced and sustainable.”

The Argus: Simon Webster Hair in Gardner StreetSimon Webster Hair in Gardner Street (Image: The Argus)

The competition was organised by Brilliant Brighton, a not-for-profit organisation formed of over 500 city centre businesses, to spread festive cheer and celebrate the creativity within Brighton’s business community.

Shelley Welti, marketing and events manager for the Brilliant Brighton, said: “We have such a diverse range of businesses - from cafes and eateries to stores and salons, and it’s been fantastic to see so many get festively fabulous with dressing their window for our competition and the support from local residents voting for them.

“We’ve seen illustrations, wreaths, toy dogs on sleighs and lots of lovely lights, adding to the Christmas atmosphere in the city centre.”

The more than 800 voters were also entered into a prize draw to win £150 themselves, with Stephen Divers drawn as the lucky winner.

Mr Divers opted to donate his money to charity ahead of two fundraising 100-mile bike rides he’s taking on later this year.

He said: “It was really great looking around Brilliant Brighton throughout the Christmas season, seeing the effort and love the business had put into their displays as usual, despite all the cost increases we are all experiencing.

“With the prize money, I will be putting this towards the Guts UK charity I am supporting this year through the London Marathon Events 100 Mile Bike Ride and Tour of Cambridge 100 Mile Sportive Ride.”

A total of 21 businesses took part in the competition, including Donatello in Brighton Place, Creature Clothes in Bond Street and Bert’s Homestore in Kensington Gardens.