Stalybridge coffee shop and gift store in running for ‘High Street Hero’ award

A POPULAR Stalybridge boutique coffee shop and wine bar is in the running to be named one of the UK’s best high street small businesses at this year’s Small Awards.

Florence & Amelia’s, which also incorporates a vintage home and gift shop, is one of five finalists for the ‘High Street Hero’ award.

Sponsored by TSB, the award recognises a small business that has a proven record of contributing towards the success of their local high street.

Florence & Amelia’s was founded by Nicola Buckley in 2014 and has become an established hub in the community, with impressive customer service.

Nicola and Becky at Florence and Amelia’s

It started out as a vintage inspired home and gift shop specialising in upcycling furniture and has evolved to incorporate a coffee shop and wine bar.

Despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, they are still holding strong and have been innovative in offering takeaways and local deliveries.

Nicola said: “If this last 12 months has taught us anything it is that family, friendship and community are everything. We fully intend to put those values at the heart of our business.”

As lockdown restriction ease, Florence & Amelia’s is open Wednesday to Sunday for outside seating and still open for takeaway as usual.

New outdoor seating in Armentieres Square, Stalybridge

In its fifth year, The Small Awards is a nationwide search for the smallest and greatest firms in the UK, across all sectors. It is organised annually by Small Business Britain, which champions, inspires and accelerates small businesses in the UK.

The eleven award categories cover everything from longstanding family businesses and innovation-led start-ups to social enterprise champions.

“After what has been a difficult year, it has been inspirational to hear about phenomenal small businesses across the UK, and the determination and resilience they have shown,” said Michelle Ovens CBE, founder of Small Business Britain.

“The Small Awards exist to celebrate and champion the amazing contribution of fantastic small firms like Florence & Amelia’s.

“We received a record number of applications this year, with an incredibly high standard of entry, so all of the small businesses shortlisted should be proud of this achievement.”

Annie and Becky

Judged by a panel of leading enterprise experts, the winners of all award categories, along with the overall winner of Small Business of the Year, will be announced on May 13.

In light of current restrictions, Small Business Britain will host its award ceremony as a virtual event and small businesses across the country will zoom in for an evening of fun celebrations, featuring entertainment, special guests, speeches, networking and more.

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