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Meet the finalists fighting it out in the Best Independent Retailer category at this year's Mercury Business Awards




Mercury Business Awards 2018 (3574376)
Mercury Business Awards 2018 (3574376)

Finalists in the Mercury Business Awards have been sharing their thoughts on reaching this stage of the competition.

Over the next few weeks we will be shining the spotlight on the finalists for each category, starting today with nominees for the best independent retailer.

The category is sponsored by Oldrids & Downtown and will be judged by the managing director Richard Broadhead who will have a touch choice choosing between a wine bar, jewellery store and dry cleaners.

Peters’ Cleaners, of St Paul’s Street, Stamford, is the first finalist. The business has served the community for 55 years.

Owner Victoria Whiter said: “Independent retailers are really important for the local economy and generating employment. I think independents take more care in their work because we have a personal relationship with our customers.”

The company carries out all its processing locally and is thrilled to be recognised for their
work.

Rubirox, of St Mary’s Street, Stamford, is the second nominee in this category.
Owner Ben Stevenson opened the shop in June 2010. It stocks a range of jewellery brands.

He said: “Shopping at an independent store offers an extra level of care and customer service. We like to give a personal
touch.

“I’m really excited to be named as a finalist and pleased all the hard work has paid off.”

The Wine Bar, based in St Paul’s Street, Stamford, completes the list of finalists in this category.
Director Alex Way guarantees a warm welcome and good service from his
staff.

He said: “Our towns are high streets are overrun by big chains. We use local suppliers or small independent businesses as far as possible as we have to stick
together.

“People should support local businesses. We like to offer a personal service and our staff will always greet customers like a friend. You can’t put a price on that community feeling.

“We like to serve people and get good feedback from our customers, so it’s great that this nomination recognises our
efforts.”

The nominees in the other nine categories will be contacted by a Mercury reporter over the coming weeks to be profiled before the winner is revealed at a ceremony at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, on Friday, September 21.

Find out more at www.mercurybusinessawards.co.uk



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