With nominations for the 2019 East Lindsey Business Awards now open, over the next few weeks we’re catching up with some past winners to find out how winning in 2018 impacted their business.

First up is Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce member, Railway Tavern at Aby which took home the Best Place to Eat Award, sponsored by First College. Run by Dawn and Keith Jacklin, along with their daughter Holly, the Railway Tavern was commended by judges for their use of local produces, their track record of winning awards and judges were also impressed by how the business had bounced back after flooding in 2007.

Talking about why the business decided to enter the Awards, Dawn said: “We entered the East Lindsey Business Awards because we felt it was a chance to showcase the facilities and services we have at the Railway Tavern. Having grown the business from one that was closed and overcoming closure due to flooding it has been an eventful 16 years. We pride ourselves in promoting local produce and giving quality home cooked food at a reasonable price and in home from home surroundings. Having recently launched two holiday cottages it was also a chance to highlight those.”

For Dawn winning the Best Place to Eat Award, was the culmination of the hard work the family had out in to the business: “We were so pleased to win an extremely proud 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, 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. In addition to that it was great to be a finalist in the Accommodation Provider of the Year in our first full season with the cottages.”

There’s no stopping for Dawn, Keith and Holly though with plans to extend the pub and the potential for a new accommodation unit.

If the Railway Tavern’s story has inspired you, you can enter the 2019 Business Awards where there are eleven awards up for grabs, including the Food and Drink Business of the Year award. So there’s more than ample opportunity 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.

As always, 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.