And the winners are...

PUBLISHED: 12:05 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 12:07 18 December 2012

Seaton Business Awards.

Seaton Business Awards.

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Frydays and Carly’s Clothing Alterations.

The inaugural Seaton Business Awards culminated in a prize-giving ceremony - with the winners being named as Frydays and Carly’s Clothing Alterations.

Frydays, represented by Elaine Clinch, picked up the award for the Best Independent Retail Business and Carly Lambert, owner of Carly’s Clothing Alterations, was awarded the prize for the Best Independent Non-Retail Business.

The awards were presented by Midweek Herald editor Belinda Bennett at Seaton Town Hall last Friday night.

More than 500 people voted for over 100 independent businesses.

The competition was organised by Heidi Hallam, Seaton’s business development officer, on behalf of Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce and in association with the Midweek Herald and East Devon District Council.

Councillor Graham Godbeer, the district council’s portfolio holder for the economy, was a guest at the awards evening, which doubled-up as the chamber’s annual celebration and included a buffet supper.

Ten Highly Commended Awards were also presented. Recipients were Auto Service Garage, Byrne-Jones, CB Gas South West Ltd, East Devon Sports Therapy, G W Meats, Hammett Associates, Pastimes Amusements, Seaton’s Fish Bar, The End bookshop and Thomas Westcott.

Prize draw winners were S Turnbull and K Brown.

Heidi said: “The aim of the Seaton Business Awards was to support local independent businesses and encourage more people to shop locally in Seaton.

“It was also hoped that the awards would generate useful feedback for local businesses about what their customers think about them. I have been overwhelmed by the positive response of the public and we now have some hard evidence about what people think about doing business here. We are very grateful to all those organisations who have helped us to organise the awards and particularly to East Devon District Council, Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce and the Midweek Herald.”

Marcus Hartnell, chairman of Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce said: “The Seaton Business Awards are giving recognition to the devotion and hard work of our independent businesses in Seaton. The awards are an initiative led by Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce through a contract with the BIP Enterprise Agency, a not-for-profit group.”

If you would like to find out more about Seaton and District Chamber of Commerce, or to join, contact Heidi at heidi.h@bipwestdevon.biz A full list of nominated businesses will be available shortly on the chamber website - www.seaton-chamber.org.uk/


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