We shine the spotlight on Ilkeston’s top traders

NILABE120402b2, Ilkeston good town trader award, dyl and co Bath Street. David and Isla Vipond.
NILABE120402b2, Ilkeston good town trader award, dyl and co Bath Street. David and Isla Vipond.

A GROCERS, craft and costume shops and a smoothie bar are just some of this year’s Good Town Trader Awards winners.

The scheme, organised by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership together with the borough council’s Pride in Erewash campaign, aims to highlight the attraction of shopping locally and reward businesses for their commitment to excellence and customer service.

NILABE120402f1, Ilkeston good town trader award, U choose smoothie bar, South street. Daniel, Lina and Paul Opiah.

NILABE120402f1, Ilkeston good town trader award, U choose smoothie bar, South street. Daniel, Lina and Paul Opiah.

Cllr Geoff Smith, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for planning and regeneration, said: “It’s good to see that some traders are giving customers consistent good service which is reaping rewards.

“It’s also good to see traders of all sizes continue to perform well and I would encourage all traders to involve themselves in this excellent scheme.”

Bath Street’s 5 a Day was voted for as the Best Place to Buy Food for the fifth year running while Dance Rite also scooped the Best Customer Service for the fifth year on the bounce.

Best Café award went to U Choose Smoothie Bar and Sir John Warren won Best Pint and Pub Grub.

NILABE120403h1, Ilkeston good town trader award winner Bernie Fray from 5 a Day fruit and veg shop.

NILABE120403h1, Ilkeston good town trader award winner Bernie Fray from 5 a Day fruit and veg shop.

Cutie Pie was voted the most attractive market stall and Dragonflies on Station Road was awarded Most Friendly Store to Babies and Children.

The prize for the Cleanest Shop Front went to Camomile and the Best Window Display gong was handed to Dyl and Co.

Greggs won the Super Sandwich award and Midlands Co-op department store was given the prize for Most Friendly Store to People With Disabilities.

Certificates and trophies were presented to Ilkeston winners by Erewash Partnership Chief Executive Ian Viles and Market Towns Co-ordinator Paul Calladine.

NILABE120402e1, Ilkeston good town trader award, Dragonflies station road. Callum Poyser and Andrea Welsher.

NILABE120402e1, Ilkeston good town trader award, Dragonflies station road. Callum Poyser and Andrea Welsher.

Read more about some of the winners in this week’s Advertiser.

NILABE120402a2, Ilkeston good town trader award, Sir john warren pub. Claire Skelton manager and Julie Barron asst manager.

NILABE120402a2, Ilkeston good town trader award, Sir john warren pub. Claire Skelton manager and Julie Barron asst manager.

NILABE120403g2, Ilkeston good town trader award winner Adrienne Loades from Dance Rite.

NILABE120403g2, Ilkeston good town trader award winner Adrienne Loades from Dance Rite.