Jack Brereton, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South, has today announced the winners of this year’s High Street Awards, which asked the public to name their favourite small businesses in Fenton, Longton, and Meir.
More than 500 votes were cast in total, with 73 businesses nominated across all categories. The overall winner, with 147 votes, was the Dot’s Sweets stall in Longton Market, with The Grind coffee shop in Meir a close second. A representative of Dot’s Sweets will be invited to Parliament for a presentation of its award.
The winners in each category were:
- Best Fenton Shop: The Flower Fountain
- Best Fenton Café: The Sandwich Box
- Best Fenton Market Stall: Wayne Walker
- Best Longton Shop: Health Matters
- Best Longton Café: The Glost House
- Best Longton Market Stall: Dot’s Sweets
- Best Meir Shop: Parkers Butchers
- Best Meir Café: The Grind
Jack said “I wanted to give back some recognition of the hard work put in by all the people running small businesses in our towns. Our high streets are unique, and the fantastic number of entries in the competition demonstrates how valued these are to our communities.
“Congratulations to all the winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who took part. I would encourage everyone to shop local and support our independent retailers and cafés.”
Jan Carrarini from Dot’s Sweets said, “It’s an honour to receive this award, and thank you so much to everyone who voted for Dot’s Sweets.
“It is vital for the community that people support independent local businesses, and we are delighted to be a part of this. We have just celebrated our 50th year running our family business, and this award is the icing on the cake.”