A clutch of coveted Neston Business Awards made their way into the hands of deserving recipients at this year’s Out of Office Christmas Celebration of Business in Neston.
The event, hosted jointly by Neston & District Chamber of Trade and Neston Town Council, was held at Neston Civic Hall on Wednesday 7 December.
Three awards had been decided by a panel of the event’s organisers and two were Neston Mayor’s Awards nominated by the public. All received their awards and bottles of fizz from Cllr Mike Shipman, Town Mayor of Neston.
Awards went to:
- Neston Entrepreneurs of the Year – Elephant Coffee (Award collected by Emma & Adam Mitchell)
- Market Trader of the Year – Sion Jones, Station House Nurseries
- Long Standing Business of the Year – Balducci Jewellers
- Outstanding Customer Service Awards nominated by members of the public:
- Mike McFeat Roofing
- Mozkitos Coffee House
Cllr Mike Shipman said: “These awards combine to show the changing nature of commerce in Neston. Two recipients are very much involved with Leisure and Tourism, which both our Neighbourhood Plan and the Economic Development Plan recognise as being vital for the local economy.
“As house prices increase and mortgages become difficult to obtain, home improvements and maintenance take on a new significance: reliable businesses in this sector are essential, and it’s good to se it represented this evening.
“To my mind, Neston Market has been much improved since the Town Council took over its management: more stalls, different stalls – and more than just the Friday one.
“But amidst change it’s also good to see stability. The long-standing award is well deserved for a business that fulfils both the local and the niche market, again the sort of business we need to develop the retail economy of Neston.”
Carrie Spacey, Chair of Neston & District Chamber of Trade, welcomed everyone to the event and encouraged businesses to become members. She said: “The Chamber is here to support the development and growth of our business community and to ensure that the voice of business is heard in issues affecting it both locally and nationally.
“Members are regularly kept up to date via email on matters of interest to them and we meet bi-monthly to discuss issues in more depth. In essence, as local businesses, together we are stronger.
Speaking after the event, Carrie said: “It has been a delightful evening and a genuine pleasure to recognise the contribution all the winners have made to the Neston community.
“We are very fortunate to have such a great range of independent businesses in the town and encourage everyone to support them to ensure they continue to thrive long into the future.”