Our Principal Phillip Bates was the winner of the Business Achievement Award at the first ever Neston & District Business Awards.
News of Phil’s award was kept a closely guarded secret in the run-up to the first ever awards, which were held in the Cranston Suite at Neston Cricket Club. Phil even believed that he was at the event to present an award to another deserving recipient!
The awards were the brainchild of Neston-based branding and digital marketing agency, Brand, and organised in conjunction with Neston & District Chamber of Trade. Other sponsors were print specialist Evolution, Neston Town Council and AboutMyArea CH64.
Announcing Phil’s award, the Judges said: “This award goes to a member of the Neston & District business community who has made an outstanding contribution over many years. It is someone who has been in business for over 30 years, who has tirelessly supported many community organisations and who has held various roles within the Chamber of Trade itself when it needed his help most. He was the unanimous choice of the judges.”
Other winners on the night included one of Britain’s oldest garden centres, Gordale, which won the Big Business of the Year Award along with the Green Business Award.
Other winners were Neston builder Harry Phipps & Co which was named Small Business of the Year, Elephant Coffee which won the Customer Service Award and Burton family company Dunstan Fish & Game which picked up the Online Business of the Year honour. Entrepreneur of the Year went to Adam Mitchell of Neston building services firm AP Mitchell.
Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller opened the evening, describing the Neston & District business community as the “lifeblood of the economy”.