Shops scoop accolades at Business Excellence Awards

Drewton's staff with Harry Gration and a representative of award sponsor RMS Limited (submitted by Wallworks Photography).
Drewton's staff with Harry Gration and a representative of award sponsor RMS Limited (submitted by Wallworks Photography).

A farm shop in the area bagged the big award at the 2015 Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards.

Having been shortlisted in two different categories, Drewton’s Farm Shop, near South Cave, was named ‘Overall Business of the Year’ at the annual event.

Another local business, specialist real ale and cider off licence The Jug and Bottle, in Bubwith, picked up the ‘Small Business of the Year’ award.

Drewton’s proprietor Katie Taylor said: “When we were pipped to the post in the two categories that we’d been shortlisted for, I was, of course, a little disappointed. I never imagined that it was because the judges had chosen us to be the recipient of the biggest award of the evening. I was so shocked when they announced it.”

Katie, who was presented with her award by television personality Harry Gration, added: “I’m absolutely thrilled for the entire team, who work so hard to maintain our high standards and constantly surpass the expectations of our customers. It’s easy to forget that the business is only just over four years old, to be up there competing with some of the most highly regarded businesses in the Goole and Howdenshire area is a huge achievement in itself. To be named Overall Business of the Year is absolutely phenomenal.”

The Jug and Bottle was one of more than 80 companies to enter this year’s Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards.

Owner of the Jug and Bottle, Louise Smith, who also collected her award from Harry Gration, said: “I was very excited when I found out that we’d been selected as a finalist for the Small Business of the Year category. And now I can’t stop smiling, I’m over the moon that we won.

“This is a real vote of confidence for a village shop like ours. We’re a small team and each and every one of my staff work so hard for this small business.”

Now in its fifth year, the Goole and Howdenshire Business Excellence Awards recognises and celebrates business excellence in Goole and the surrounding area. This year’s awards ceremony was held at The Goole Academy.