The finalists for the East Lindsey Business Awards have been revealed, along with the winners of East Lindsey District Council’s Favourite Market Trader Award.

The Favourite Market Trader Award for 2019 went to Tastee Foods. Traders Mick and Mark regularly have their stall at Horncastle and Louth, selling their speciality low fat sausages. Mick and Mark triumphed in a hotly contested public vote beating competition from traders across East Lindsey’s chartered markets. It was clear from votes that the pair’s friendly, welcoming nature was just as important to customers as their sausages – with voters saying they were always greeted with a smile.

Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, Adam Grist, said: “Mick and Mark have been coming to our markets at Louth and Horncastle for years now; they are fantastic traders and clearly the public think they are too. This is the first time we’ve run the market trader vote and it has been amazing to see the way the public and the traders have got involved.”

District’s Favourite Market Trader is just one of the Awards up for grabs at this year’s East Lindsey Business Awards and finalist for all the categories have now been decided:

Best New Business

  • Bottomley Distillers
  • Coast to Country Cleaners
  • Lemon Tree Louth

Apprentice/Young Entrepreneur of the Year            

  • Kadie Wilkinson – Smartie Pants Day Nursery
  • Susanna Waumsley - Lemon Tree Louth
  • Ryan Gray and Lucy Aldridge - Feel Good Studio and Gym

Food & Drink Business of the Year                 

  • Bottomley Distillers
  • Railway Tavern
  • The Stables Bar and Restaurant - Grange Farm Park

Employer of the Year                   

  • Hunts Coaches
  • Safelincs Ltd
  • Smartie Pants Day Nursery

Independent Retailer of the Year                      

  • Croft Estate Agent
  • People First Mobility
  • Post and Pantry

Best New Product or Innovation                      

  • Bottomley Distillers
  • MTAG Composites
  • Scott's Precision Manufacturing Ltd

Accommodation Provider of the Year  

  • Grange Farm Park
  • Sycamore Farm Park
  • The Elm Tree

Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • ARK
  • Natureland
  • Walled Garden

Customer Service Award

  • Fantasy Island
  • Safelincs
  • White Stuff

Councillor Steve Kirk, Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: “We were blown away by the number and quality of nominations we received this year, so I’d like to thank all the businesses that took the time to enter. Shortlisting our finalists was incredibly difficult, but I think we’ve got some fantastic businesses in there and I look forward to seeing everyone for the Awards evening in September.”

Winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation evening at the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa on Friday 27th September.

Tickets for the Awards evening can be purchased by going to www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/Event/east-lindsey-business-awards-2019.

Sponsorship packages are still available and anyone interested in sponsoring the Awards should go to: www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/ELBASponsorship