Preston’s top businesses have been recognised for their achievements in this year’s It Smiles Better awards.Advertisement
More than 200 nominations came from businesses and individuals across the city centre.
Whittled down to 111 finalists across the 14 categories, the winners were chosen through a public vote with fourteen accolades up for grabs.
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Cllr Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council, was awarded the Special Recognition Award.
The awards, which were organised by Preston Business Improvement District and sponsored by Abbey Telecom, were handed out at Preston Guild Hall.
BBC Radio Lancashire’s presenter John Gillmore and radio favourite Danny Bee hosted the evening, and welcomed special guest TV favourite Sherrie Hewson to present an award.
Sherrie, who’s currently starring in TV favourite ‘Benidorm’, said: “It was great to be in Preston and share in the success of the winners and finalists – it was a fabulous night.”
Mark Whittle from Preston BID said: “These awards are always hotly contested with healthy competition between nominees to secure the public vote – the city centre is awash with great people working in great businesses and its good to recognise and reward them; they are the reason people visit Preston”
The full list of winners:
Retail Manager of the Year – Sue Dodwell, Greggs
Independent Business of the Year – Town House Coffee & Brew Bar
Bar of the Year – Yates
Multiple Retailer of the Year – Ann Summers
Best Customer Service in a Leisure Business – Alice Corke, Costa (St George’s)
Leisure Manager of the Year – Dave Brown, Switch
Restaurant of the Year – Turtle Bay
Personality of the Year – Brian Hudson, Yates
Pub of the Year – Twelve Tellers
Nightclub of the Year – The Warehouse
Best Customer Service in a Retail Business – Sam Eaves, Ann Summers
Outstanding Achievement in Retail – Andrew Stringer, St George’s Shopping Centre
Outstanding Achievement in Leisure – Lisa Billington, The Warehouse
City Star – Simon Rigby MBE
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