ASHTON Town Team has launched the Ashton Independent Business Awards to recognise more of the small businesses that make the town centre what it is.
It has evolved from the Amazing Ashton Awards that was run last year by Ladysmith Shopping Centre and which included Local Business Of The Year, Market Trader Of The Year and Employee of the Year.There will be opportunity for shoppers and businesses themselves to nominate in the following categories:
• Fresh food retail
• Hair, health and beauty
• Clothing and footwear retail
• Specialist (fabric, haberdashery, hobby,
collectors, crafts, wool etc)
• Home furnishings
• Cafes and takeaways
• Tech and electrical
There are two other special awards which will be chosen by the sponsors and Ashton Town Team.
The website wwww.ashtonsmallbiz.co.uk will be launched on September 7 and you will be able to nominate your favourite businesses throughout the month.
Winners will be announced in October with presentations made to the businesses individually within the town centre.
The nominations are being judged by well-known individuals: Pauline Town, who supports the homeless and other charitable projects; Luke Mirfin from Tameside Markets; and Jackie Moores, Tameside College principal.
Chairing the judging team will be Jan Lord from Guide Bridge MOT and Service who said: “There are so many worthy businesses in the town so I know our job isn’t going to be easy.
“Having been a winner in many awards myself over the years I know what it means to a small business to be recognised for all their hard work.”
Joining Ashton Town Team in sponsoring the event, Paul Westwell, partner at Bromleys Solicitors, said: “We are proud to be the main sponsor of the Ashton Independent Business Awards and wish everybody the best of luck.”
Councillor Bill Fairfoull, Tameside Council deputy leader, said: “Over the past eight years Ashton Town Team has worked hard to support the small businesses in our town centre.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity, with the support of Bromleys Solicitors, to recognise some of these valuable independent businesses.”
Ashton Town Team is a voluntary group established to support those small businesses that add colour to the town centre. For more information follow them on Facebook and Twitter.