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Ashton Independent Business Awards finalists revealed

The finalists for Ashton Town Team's very first Independent Business Awards have now been confirmed. 

In September, Ashton Town Team launched the Ashton Independent Retail Awards, sponsored by Bromleys solicitors LLP. 

The awards recognised the wealth of independent local businesses within the town centre and finalists highlighted the wide range of successful businesses in the town. 

Here are the finalists: 

Café/Takeaway Finalists:

Eclectic Avenue – Market Avenue

Mozaic Café – Warrington Street

Tarp’s Filipino Fusion – Market Hall

Wendy & Mandy’s Cafe – Market Hall

WINNER: Nat’s Bombay Kitchen – Market Hall

Nat's Bombay Kitchen 

Clothing/Footwear Finalists:

New Shu – Market Avenue

Seraphina Centre – Stamford Street

Decisions Clothing – Fletcher Square

Fizz Fashion – Wellington Street

WINNER: Room 14 – George Street

Room 14

Fresh Food Retail:

Briggs Butchers – Ashton Market Hall

Pasta & Basta – Stockport Road

Fruits & Roots – Ashton Market Ground

Pearsons Butchers – Ashton Market Hall

WINNER: The Cheese Stall – Ashton Market Hall

Hair, Health & Beauty Finalists:

Bliss Hair Salon – Wood Street

Hair By Jodie – Wellington Road

The Hair Studio – Stamford Street

Dionne’s – Stamford Street

WINNER: Mary Haworth – Warrington Street

Mary Haworth 

Home Furnishing/Textiles Finalists:

Albion Mill Carpets – Penny Meadow

Flowers By Lizzie – Albion Trading Estate

Williams Bros Carpets – Warrington Street

WINNER: Bargain Textiles – Ashton Market Hall

Bargain Textiles 

Jewellers Finalists:

Cathedral Jewellers – Market Street

Harrington & Hallworth – Old Street

Gems – Ashton Market Hall

Argenti Jewellers – Market Avenue

WINNER: Grade A – Market Avenue

Grade A Jewellers

Restaurant Finalists:

San Rocco – Stamford Square

Pasta & Basta – Stockport Road

Rosie’s – Ladysmith Shopping Centre

Mozaic Café – Warrington Street

WINNER: Lily’s Vegetarian – Oldham Road

Lily's Indian Vegetarian Cuisine 

Specialist Retail Finalists:

Crystal Carol’s – George Street

Jacky’s Floral Designs – Market Ground

Flowers By Lizzie – Albion Trading Estate

The Off Licence – Ashton Market Hall

WINNER: Rewind Collectables – Wellington Street

Rewind Collectables 

Tech/Electrical Winner

Microtech – Penny Meadow

Microtech Computers 

Furniture Winner

Ashton Discount – Stamford Street

Ashton Discount

The Bromleys Sponsor Choice Award Winner

Antonio’s Restaurant – Katherine Street


The Ashton Town Team Special Award 

Cameraz – Stamford Street


The nominations formed shortlists for each category which had to be scrutinised by the judging team of Jackie Moores from Tameside College, Pauline Town from The Station, Luke Mirfin from Tameside Markets and chaired by Jan Lord from Guide Bridge MOT and Service.  

Jan said: “This year has been a challenging time for all the businesses in Ashton and choosing a winner from the hundreds of worthy entrants has been a task and a half! 

“Every entrant is a winner in my eyes and deserves to be recognised, but unfortunately we did have to choose a winner in each category. Thank you to everyone involved in the process, the people who took their time to vote, the judging panel, the sponsors and Ashton Town Team for arranging the awards. Looking forward to 2021 already to recognise even more excellent local businesses. Remember to always SHOP LOCAL to support our local economy.”

Bromleys Solicitors, who sponsored this year’s awards, were happy to be working with Ashton Town Team.  As lead sponsors, they were delighted to present Antonio’s Pizzeria e Ristorante as the winners of the Sponsor’s Choice Award. 

Bromleys’ Paul Westwell said: “As you can imagine, this was a tough decision as we are lucky to have such a wide array of independents in our town centre.  Restaurants have really suffered during the Covid-19 crisis and Antonio’s took part in the Government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme in August and have continued with this offer to encourage people back - adapting the restaurant to ensure social distancing and that they are Covid-19 compliant.”

Kevin Taylor, chair of Ashton Town Team, said: “I’d like to thank Bromleys for their support and Jan with the other judges who have had a challenging time picking winners from the finalists. These awards certainly acknowledge the unique bespoke service provided by many of the independent businesses in our town centre. There was over 1,600 nominations received which is a tribute to all those small shops who work so hard in our town. We need to celebrate businesses like these which make Ashton-under-Lyne a perfect destination for quality, value and service for shoppers.”


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