THE WINNERS of Stratford’s Independent Shop Awards have been crowned.
MP Nadhim Zahawi introduced the awards last year to showcase the best independent businesses in the constituency.
Some 2,000 people nominated their choices over the six categories and judges narrowed down the hundreds of businesses nominated into the finalists.
Mr Zahawi said: “Napoleon once said we’re a nation of shopkeepers which we are – and we’re really good at it!
“We had over 150 businesses nominated and thousands of votes cast – the winners and the runners up were so close.
“I feel we don’t do enough to celebrate and congratulate our small businesses. If you’re an entrepreneur running a small business and have survived the economic crash then you are a genius. Large companies get to speak to and interact with government but small business don’t always get to do that.
“Bringing these business owners together I have seen their passion and commitment and the connections they are making by talking to other small businesses. There’s a real opportunity for them to learn from one another.”
The six winners were Best Village Shop – Ilmington Community Shop; Best Hotel or Bed and Breakfast – Avonlea Guest House; Best Cafe – Huffkins; Best Pub – The Red Lion Inn, Long Compton; Best Restaurant – Aladdin’s Indian Dining, Tiddington; Best Independent Shop – Gemini Woman.
Touch FM will be providing the prize of free radio advertising to each of the winners.