High street heroes honoured

Award Winning: Kate Le Prevost with her award.
Award Winning: Kate Le Prevost with her award.

Businesses in Ilkeston are celebrating being crowned top of the shops in this year’s Good Town Trader Awards.

The awards, voted for by you, recognise top service in the town centre.

Two Ilkeston pubs are toasting success in this year’s awards.

Despite being the oldest inn in town, dating back to 1780, the new landlord of The Durham Ox off Bath Street has breathed fresh life into the pub, securing him the Best New Business Award.

New landlord Tony Coyne and family bought it in March after it had been empty for three months and opened it as restaurant and pub in July.

“I’m delighted at winning this award,” he said. “It was a gamble, so it’s encouraging to receive this recognition for opening a business in difficult times.”

The Sir John Warren in the Market Place was voted Best Pint and Pub Grub for the third year running.

Manager Claire Skelton said: “I’m really pleased that all the customers enjoy what we offer and keep coming back.”

Other winners included Cutie Pie cosmetics, which scooped Best Customer Service, Petals Florist for Best Window Display and U Choose smoothie bar for Cleanest Shop front – all three are Bath Street businesses.

A new award, looking for the town centre’s unsung heroes was won by Kate Le Prevost, who is managing the Excite Engage Inspire Erewash project.

This explores and engages different art forms that reflect the borough’s proud history based on the ages of coal, metal and lace.

Kate is also a member of the Ilkeston Town Team which promotes shopping in the town centre through the Fantastic Fridays events to promote newly-formed businesses.

Over in Long Eaton, cafe owner Pete Thein has the recipe for success, winning Best Restaurant, Cafe or Takeaway for a fifth year running for his business Upper Crust Cafe,

The awards scheme in both towns is organised by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership with the borough council’s Pride in Erewash campaign.

Businesses are voted for by customers who must give a reason for their nomination. Each winner receives a trophy and a certificate.

For pictures of some of the winners see the Ilkeston Advertiser out Thursday March 28.

Full list of winners:

Ilkeston:

Best café/restaurant/takeaway – Ilkeston Coffee Bean

Best pint & pub grub - Sir John Warren

Best customer service – Cutie Pie Cosmetics

Most attractive market stall – Faith Waddington Plants

Most friendly store to babies and children – Wilkinson’s

Most friendly store to people with disabilities – Midlands Co-operative department store

Cleanest shop front – U Choose Smoothie Bar

Best window display – Petals Flowers

Best new town centre business – Durham Ox pub

Town Centre Unsung Hero – Kate le Prevost, Ilkeston Ormiston Academy

Long Eaton:

Best café/restaurant/takeaway – Pete’s Upper Crust Café

Best pint & pub grub – The Lockstone

Best customer service – Energie Fitness for Women

Most attractive market stall – Knowles Fruit and Veg

Most friendly store to babies and children – The Cheesecake Shop

Most friendly store to people with disabilities - ASDA

Cleanest shop front – Boots

Best Window Display – New Look

Best new town centre business – Kirith Richards Photography

Town centre unsung hero award – Phil Bednall, Rymans.