Burton residents are being urged to nominate their favourite local business for a new award which recognises great customer service in their community.
The People’s Business Award is being launched today in Burton as part of the county council’s Get Vocal About Local campaign. The award is being run in conjunction with Burton Small Business – a consortium of local businesses that organises events to promote and support small companies and the self-employed in their home town.
One of its founder members, Elaine Pritchard of Caittom Publishing Limited, said:
We are delighted to help to cast the spotlight on the businesses that do so much for the local economy and greatly add to the richness and diversity of life in Burton. We can’t wait to see nominations starting to come in for the most loved businesses of Burton. Make sure your favourites don’t miss out.”
Any business can be nominated – people just need to say why it has provided top customer service. It may be that the business prides itself on supporting the local community, goes further for its customers or is long established in the town.
The winner of the People’s Business Award and two highly commended businesses will be chosen in the new year by a panel of local experts and then be showcased in the week beginning January 8.
People can vote by visiting www.staffordshire.gov.uk/getvocalaboutlocal or by social media using the hashtag #GetVocalAboutLocalBurton
Anyone nominating one of the top three businesses will be entered into a draw with a chance to win some great local prizes. The top prize for a nominee of the winning business is a voucher for two for The Dial restaurant, a voucher for two for The Winery and a £50 Cineworld voucher.
Two people nominating one of the highly commended businesses will each receive a hamper of local products worth at least £90 each and a local restaurant voucher. All nominations need to be in by midnight on Thursday December 28.
The Get Vocal About Local Burton campaign was launched last month and aims to promote the town’s traders by encouraging people to shop, eat and spend leisure time there.
Staffordshire County Council cabinet support member and local county councillor Philip White said:
It has been rewarding to see how much the people of Burton value local businesses through our Get Vocal About Local campaign. We know these businesses play a valuable role in their communities and offer great customer service.
By launching the People’s Business Awards we can give those businesses the recognition they deserve. Through the awards we can also continue to champion local business by urging people to let others know about their favourite shop or eatery. They can also win some excellent locally sourced prizes.”
Prizes have been provided by county council highways partner Amey, which is carrying out essential repairs of Burton’s St Peter’s Bridge.