Independent retailers in Wyre have been recognised for their business pizazz at a special awards ceremony.
Garstang’s Aged in Oak Wine company came away from the Wyre Council-organised Wyre Winners awards evening with half of the £10,000 prize money to boost their business.
The firm, described by judges as an “exceptional business which is already reaping the benefits of a focused, innovative and quality business model” during a celebration of inspirational traders.
Alex Buxton runs the Market Place shop with business partner Emma Bailie and picked up the award at Fleetwood’s North Euston Hotel.
Mr Buxton said: “Both myself and Emma are thrilled.
“We’ve been increasing sales month on month after opening in December last year and growing since then.
“We are going to put the money towards getting a van to help us make deliveries.”
Other winners included Grace and Favour, which sells fabric and sewing essentials, and The Sewing Sanctuary School of Sewing and Crafts, in Thornton, which picked up their £3,000 prize.
Both are run by the mother and daughter team of Caroline Bramhall and Hayley Turner.
Five other finalists received £500 each. They were:
• Angela Sanderson Interiors, a design studio based in Fleetwood that specialises in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms;
• Holloways of Poulton, a vintage inspired clothing and accessories boutique run by sisters Suzy and Jenny Rowe;
• Home Delights in Cleveleys, which sells handmade wooden items;
• Job’s Toys in Fleetwood, specialising in vintage models and trains; and
• MobilitySure in Poulton, run by Guy and Anita Jenkinson, which offers aid independence.
Coun Gordon McCann, cabinet member with responsibility for economic development at Wyre Council, said: “The standard of entries was very high and the judges were impressed with everyone who entered. The competition was so fierce, the judges decided eight businesses should receive recognition.”