Borough traders celebrate awards success

Borough traders celebrate awards success

Alice Da Costa, winner of best newcomer Leigh at this years Good Trader Scheme awards

Alice Da Costa (Da Costa cleaning) with her award

Traders who provide excellent services to residents across Wigan Borough have been recognised as part of an annual awards scheme.

Based on customer feedback from the past 12 months, the Good Trader awards recognise quality across a range of sectors.

With more than 200 local businesses vying for the titles this year, any firms that are not yet part of the scheme are encouraged to sign up.

Councillor Paul Prescott, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We’re thrilled to have been able to recognise traders across the borough who provide outstanding service for our residents.

“The Good Trader scheme is a great resource which supports around 200 local businesses and is a key part of The Deal. Having a list of reliable traders provides peace of mind for customers, helping them to avoid rogue traders who take advantage.”

The six Good Trader of the Year for 2021 winners and runner ups are:

  • Good Trader of the Year Wigan – KDM Electrical
  • Good Trader of the Year Leigh - Atherton Tiling
  • Highly Commended Wigan - Seddon Services
  • Highly Commended Leigh - Anthony Gorse Plumbing & Heating
  • Best Newcomer Wigan - Expolink Alarms
  • Best Newcomer Leigh - Da Costa Cleaning

Alice Da Costa of Da Costa Cleaning, who picked up the Best Newcomer (Leigh) award, said: “I am so happy to win this award and receive recognition for my work. I only started my business during the pandemic and I’ve worked so hard to make my business a success so I’m really pleased.

“Completing high quality jobs for my clients is so important to me, though I really didn’t expect this award. It’s made me very hopeful for the future!"

Best Newcomer (Wigan), John Gibson of Expolink Alarms, said: “It’s wonderful to have won this award! I got wind of the Good Trader Scheme over 12 months ago and I get so much work from it, it’s great scheme.

“We’re a local family company with family values. All of my customers are special to me and it’s absolutely amazing to read some of the feedback I receive.

“It’s great to be a part of a local scheme. The process of joining the Good Trader Scheme was really positive and it’s a scheme customers can trust as they can access genuine and local feedback. I even use it myself to find local traders – I always buy from within the town. It’s a brilliant way to support our borough!”

Coun Prescott added: “Congratulations to all the winners and runner ups in this year’s awards, but I’d also like to recognise every single one of our registered traders in the Good Trader Scheme who work tirelessly to provide a first-class service across Wigan Borough.”

Wigan Council’s Good Trader Scheme was set up in 2008 to promote companies and individuals who are trusted and respected in their field of work and display their commitment to providing quality, value for money work to local people.

It also gave residents an alternative to dealing with uninvited traders and being possible victims of doorstep crime.

Find out more about the Good Trader Scheme or telephone 0808 223 1133

Posted on Friday 17th September 2021

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