Hair Stylists Come Out On Top at Neston Business Awards
|Published: 7th December 2017 10:37|
Businesses from throughout the area gathered at Elephant Coffee in Neston High Street for a Christmas celebration with a handful of awards.
(l-r) Val Hatton, Sion Jones, Emma Mitchell, Adam Mitchell, June Towey, David Clarke and the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Pat Kynaston
Hosted by Neston and District Chamber of Trade and Neston Town Council, this was the third year for the event and the second time the public have been asked to nominate their favourite business for 'Best Customer Service.'
Taking that honour was relative newcomer Towey's Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon (7a The Cross), established a little over a year ago. Accepting the award, from Mayor of Neston Cllr Pat Kynaston, owner June Towey professed herself to be delighted to be nominated by happy clients.
June Towey and her team collected the 'Best Customer Service' from Mayor of Neston Cllr Pat Kynaston.
At the opposite end of the timescale came Salon Dene, handed the award for Long Standing Business in the year they celebrate their 50th anniversary. Accepting the award was Val Hatton, a well known Neston resident who took over the business from Dene herself some 46 years ago. Val said: "I am surprised and delighted to accept this and to still be able to work myself.
"If you enjoy what you do it's very easy!"
Val Hatton received the Long Standing Business Award from David Clarke, Chairman of Neston & District Chamber of Trade.
Neston Town Council awarded Sion Jones from Station House Nurseries with Market Trader of the Year for the second year running, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the whole market. This year he has been instrumental in publishing a Market Traders' calendar to raise money for local charity Mathews and Monk.
Sion Jones, Market Trader of the Year, receives his award from the Mayor.
The final award of the evening was the 'Neston & District Chamber of Trade Chairman's Award', with current Chairman David Clarke (Rightway Ltd), honouring Emma and Adam Mitchell of the Elephant Collective.
David said: "They took a great risk in starting their venture, some people said Nestonians won't appreciate a quality product (or words to that effect) however those doom-mongers have been well and truly proved wrong.
"These entrepreneurs were, in my opinion, the catalyst to change in Neston, they have shown that investment in Neston is worthwhile. In many ways our High Street looks better then it has for years; we have major brands like Boots, together with independents such as Cubbins, we have a vibrant café scene developing and a choice of restaurants - we even have a travel agent back in the town."
Receipients of the Chairman of Neston & District Chamber of Trade Award, Elephant Collective's Adam and Emma Mitchell.
Speaking at the event the Mayor said: "I am delighted to be present at this event. Neston Town Council appreciates how hard businesses are working in the town and very much appreciate those efforts, you are all a credit to the town."
Business people from throughout the area enjoyed an evening of drinks, pizza and the awards.
All photos: Bernard Rose Photography.