A yoga studio in Burton which operated from various community venues before setting up its permanent base in the town has won an inaugural award to champion local business.
Calm Yoga was selected by judges of the People’s Business Award as overall winner after receiving public nominations and being praised by customers. The award, part of Staffordshire County Council’s Get Vocal About Local campaign, was launched last month and invited public nominations. A panel of judges then selected the winning and commended businesses that had most nominations.
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.
Judges noted that Calm Yoga had invested in improvements in the historic building in High Street where it has made its base and set up online loyalty rewards to complement its booking system. They added that the business had brought new people into the town and was promoting health and wellbeing. Nominees talked about excellent customer service, value for money and implementing customers’ ideas.
Highly commended were Summerhouse Bakery, located in Market Hall, and the Hideaway café. In addition, a special judges’ commendation for community service was awarded to Alexander Accountancy for organising free workshops, networking opportunities and for ongoing charity fundraising.
Calm Yoga managing director Blair Davies said:
The well-being of the community is key to a healthy environment. We were so lucky to be able to make use of the Well House as a centre of community. The response by the local people of Burton and the surrounding area has be no less than spectacular, showing that they have recognised and embraced how Calm Yoga can make a difference to them individually and as part of their community.”
Anyone nominating one of the top three businesses was entered into a draw with a chance to win some great local prizes sponsored by Amey, the county council’s contractor which carried out the St Peter’s Bridge works last year.
Staffordshire County Council cabinet support member and local county councillor
Philip White said:
We have seen four fantastic and varied businesses recognised by the people of Burton and we’re pleased to have been able to showcase their services through this award.
It has been rewarding to see how much these businesses are valued locally through our Get Vocal About Local campaign. We know they play a valuable role in their communities and offer great customer service.”