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Independent businesses awarded in MP competition

A number of Melton businesses have been awarded prizes in a completion ran by Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns.

Ms Kearns has announced the winners of her annual competition to find Rutland and Melton’s favourite independent shop.

This year’s competition received 19,169 votes across 15 different categories.

Gates Garden Centre was the overall winner with the highest number of total votes: 1,385.

The awards seek not just to celebrate but to also help raise the profile of local independent businesses across Rutland, Melton, the Vale and Harborough villages.

Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton said: "I have been absolutely blown away by our communities' support for our local independent shops. We are so lucky to have such an incredible number of wonderful independent shops at the heart of so many of our communities. It has been a joy to celebrate them through this year’s awards, so thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. I’m already looking forward to see what next year’s awards have in store."

Category winners and runner ups:

Beauty, Pampering and Wellness - Winner: ORB Retreat, Uppingham, Joint runner ups: Beauty Box, Melton Mowbray and Hair at No 11, Melton Mowbray

Butcher – Winner: Derek Jones, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Leeson Family Butchers, Oakham

Some of the team at Derek Jones Butchers in King Street, Melton

Café - Winner: Welly’s Sunny Skies Community Café, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Pizzini, Bottesford

Children and Babies – Winner: Inspirique Baby Photography, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Kidzone, Melton Mowbray

Clothing and Accessories – Winner: Baubles and Bangles, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Wiseguys/girls, Melton Mowbray

Craft and Hobby – Winner: Black Dragon Games, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Wool Zone, Oakham

Black Dragon Games in Burton Street won best Craft and Hobby shop.

Farm and Produce – Winner: Hilltop Farm Shop, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: March House Farm Shop, GreatDalby

Food and Drink – Winner: Melton Cheeseboard, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Otters Fine Foods, Oakham

Garden Centre – Winner: Gates Garden Centre, Cold Overton, Runners up: Rutland Garden Centre, Ashwell Road, The Grange Garden Centre, Melton Mowbray and Rutland Nursery, Manton

Gates Garden Centre at Cold Overton won best Garden Centre and overal competition winner.

Gifts and Stationery – Winner: Foxy Lots, Melton Mowbray, Runner up: Quirky Bird, Oakham

Homeware – Winner: Portess, Oakham, Runner up: D. Norton & Son, Uppingham

Music and records – Winner: Icon Music, Melton Mowbray, Runner Up: Rocka-Buy Records, Oakham

Pharmacy – Winner: Rutland Late Night Pharmacy, Oakham, Runner up: Daynight Pharmacy, Melton Mowbray

Village Shop – Winner: Squirrel Stores, Long Clawson, Joint runner ups: Mace Village Shop, Whissendine and Medbourne Village Shops and Post Office, Medbourne

Special Commendation – Melton Sports, Melton Mowbrayand Knights of Oakham, Oakham

Michael Cooke from Melton Sports receives his 'Special Commendation' award from Alicia Kearns MP.

Overall winner: Gates Garden Centre, Cold Overton


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