Events & News News Chamber News ELBA 2019: Past winners share what winning meant to them With the East Lindsey Business Awards returning for 2019, we hear from some of the winners from last year about what winning meant to them: Nicolle Herrington from Turtle Tots North Lincs, winner of the Young Business Owner of the Year award, was ecstatic when she found out she had won: “It sounds very cliché but it was such an overwhelming feeling of honour and pride. It was extremely empowering and motivating to have my business reviewed and recognised for all the achievements and challenges I had faced and overcome.” Winners of the Independent Retailer of the Year Award, Hunts Coaches, were equally delighted to take home an award. Lindsay Linder, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Hunts, said: “Absolutely delighted would describe how it felt to be awarded the Independent Retailer of the Year 2018. To be praised for our achievements of putting customers first and providing diversity and variety to the high street is just wonderful.” Paul and Flora Bennett from Brackenborough Hall Coach House, winners of the Accommodation of the Year Award, were pleased with the publicity they received after winning: “Winning the Accommodation of the Year Award was a great boost for us. We got great coverage on Facebook, Twitter and in the local press, and also thoroughly enjoyed the awards ceremony evening meeting other like-minded businesses. We put a lot of hard work into our business and it is wonderful to know that what we are doing is the best!” Dawn, Keith and Holly Jacklin from The Railway Tavern, who bagged the Best Place to Eat Award last year, were pleased to share in their success with their customers: “We were so pleased to win, it was an extremely proud and emotional moment. It also meant a great deal to our customers and who have supported us through thick and thin. The pub is a ‘Way of Life’ and a large commitment and a family business, our daughter has always been a huge part of it too. Sometimes we miss out on family occasions, but it is always lovely to share with our guests their special events.” With the 2019 Awards and eleven awards up for grabs, there is ample opportunities for local businesses to see some of these benefits themselves this year. Anyone interested in entering the Awards should go to www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ELBA and complete a nomination form or call 01507 613119 for more information. The Business Awards also wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship from local businesses and there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available for the 2019 Awards. Businesses wishing to get involved should visit the website for more information.