Three Cheers for Business in Neston!
|Published: 3rd December 2015 10:29|
Three local businesses were recognised with special awards during a festive event at Neston Civic Hall on Wednesday 2nd December.
'Out of Office - a Christmas Celebration of Business in Neston' was organised and sponsored by Neston Town Council and Neston & District Chamber of Trade, to bring local business people together to raise a glass to their efforts during the year.
It was the first such event to be organised and was well attended, with guests commenting on how much they enjoyed the evening.
Three businesses had been selected by the organisers to receive an award and the choices proved popular with attendees.
Recipients were handed specially engraved awards from The Craftsman in Bridge Street. The awards were announced by Chair of Neston & District Chamber of Trade Carrie Spacey, and presented by the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Mike Shipman, along with Champagne handed to them by Town Centre Manager Katy Pierce. The citations are published with each recipient's photo below.
Long Standing Business Award - John Evans Ltd - accepting the award, Barry Evans
"Founded over 60 years ago, John Evans Ltd has been a fixture of Neston's town centre for generations. It would not surprise me if at least half the audience here tonight had worn or bought school shoes from John Evans at some point in their lives. Current proprietor Barry Evans has been helping fit the people of Neston for shoes and boots for his entire adult life and the shop continues to be a popular choice not just for school shoes but for all manner of leisure and work footwear too.
For putting his own best foot forward for so many years, Mr Barry Evans we salute you."
Young Business Success Story of the Year : Zone Fitness - accepting the Award, Gareth (Gaz) Jones.
"Established in 2009 in one unit at Clayhill, it has since expanded into larger and additional premises in Neston to accommodate its growing membership and to offer a variety of additional classes, circuit training and more gym equipment. There is now a Zone Fitness for Women branch in Moreton and a brand new Zone Fitness just opened in Hoylake.
The team at Zone Fitness regularly undertake fund-raising initiatives in the community and actively support health and fitness at every opportunity through their social media feeds."
Putting Neston on the Map Award: Andrew's Estates - accepting the award, Andrew Smith.
"Originally opened as a lettings agency by local resident Andrew Smith in 2010, the brand has grown significantly over the past five years and is now a fully fledged sales and lettings estate agency. As well as considerably expanding their footprint in Neston, the agency now has branches in Little Sutton, Prenton and Wallasay, with a fifth, in Moreton, due to open shortly.
Having been shortlisted in The Times and Sunday Times Industry Awards in 2014 as Northern Estate Agency of the Year, in 2015 the team went to London to receive the Northern Lettings Agency of the Year Gold Award. Andrew's Estates have truly put Neston on the map, as HQ of one of the region's most promising young estate agencies."
After the awards attendees enjoyed a festive buffet including turkey batches and mince pies from Tracey's Food Hall in Brook Street, and the opportunity to network.
Cllr Mike Shipman, Mayor of Neston, said: "Neston Town Council values Neston businesses and that, in a nutshell, is why we were so pleased to be able to co-host this Celebration of Neston Businesses.
"Without a thriving local economy we are all the poorer. It's no good the Town Council seeking to improve the life of the local community without having a business community providing, jobs, goods and services. Every time a local resident purchases something outside the town, there opens the likelihood of another purchase being made outside at the same time, weakening the local economy. A weaker economy means a weaker local community.
"So we value local businesses. It was a pleasure to be able to especially acknowledge the new business entrepreneurship in Neston helping to revive the town: Zone Fitness and Andrew's Estates, as well as one of Neston's oldest established businesses, John Evans Ltd."
Chamber Chair Carrie Spacey said: "Neston & District Chamber of Trade is delighted to have worked closely with Neston Town Council on several initiatives this year, including Neston Business Matters forums and retail promotions for Easter and Christmas.
"It is really encouraging to see such a wide range of local business people getting together, along with local councillors showing a willingness to support us. We were delighted to assist with the well-deserved awards that were handed out tonight and hope that more businesses will now be encouraged to get involved - it could be them next year!"
If you would like to be included on the mailing list for business forums and other initiatives in the Neston area, please email to the Chamber of Trade.
All photos in this article are by Rob Clive.
Carrie Spacey, Cllr Mike Shipman and Katy Pierce announced and presented the Awards and Champagne.
David Crosscurth and Andrew McLoughlin of MGC Solicitors
Adam Mitchell (AP Mitchell Ltd) and Emma Mitchell - Elephant Coffee.
Jennifer Payne (Guy Payne & Co)
Guests included Matthew Clough (right), who has recently taken charge at Ness Gardens, seen here chatting with John Allcock, a local campaigner for better rail services.
Phillip Bates (Phillip Bates & Co Ltd) and Alan Mellor (Phillip Bates Financial Services Ltd)
Celebrations - John Evans Ltd.
Organisers Katy Pierce (Town Centre Manager, near right) and Carrie Spacey (back right) chat with Bernard Rose and Emma & Adam Mitchell.
Gaz and Chloe from Zone Fitness
Celebrating - some of team from Andrew's Estates
(l-r) David Clarke (Rightway Ltd), Zoe Chapman and Matthew Clough (Ness Gardens), Alan Mellor, Jennifer Payne, Philip Bates and John Allcock
The Mayor chats with David and Beverley Grimshaw (David & Beverley Hairdressers in Little Neston)
Cllr Mike Shipman (Neston Town Council) and Cllr Nigel Jones (Cheshire West and Chester Council, Little Neston & Burton ward).
The Mitchells with Bernard and Enid Rose.