Local Businesses Celebrated at Good Trader Awards

Local Businesses Celebrated at Good Trader Awards

Standout performers from Wigan Borough’s business sector were recognised at an annual town hall celebration event.

A total of 38 local businesses were commended as part of the Good Traders Awards 2022 with six claiming the top titles.

Each category is judged using feedback from customers from the previous 12 months as part of the borough’s Trading Standards Good Trader scheme.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said: “These awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise our local traders who provide excellent services to residents of Wigan Borough.

“We are very proud to have such outstanding traders as part of our scheme which supports local businesses, maintains high standards and helps residents avoid rogue traders.”

The six Good Trader of the Year 2022 winners are:

  • Good Trader of the Year, Wigan - Ferris Electrical
  • Good Trader of the Year, Leigh - GJM School of Motoring
  • Highly Commended Trader, Wigan - Standish Property Maintenance
  • Highly Commended Trader, Leigh - Makerfield Roof Solutions
  • Best Newcomer, Wigan - ACE Gas NW Ltd
  • Best Newcomer, Leigh - Blitzed It UK

Mike Ferris, from Ferris Electrical, Winner of the Good Trader of the Year Award in Wigan, said: “I am delighted to have won the Good Trader of the Year Award for the third time since I joined the scheme in 2014.  

“I make a commitment to be fair, honest, trustworthy and reliable in all of my work, and I think this is a testament to that.

“I mainly provide electrical installations and repairs, and I always aim to give a high standard of service to my customers at a reasonable price. Through the Good Trader Scheme, and Age UK who use it to find reliable tradespeople, I have been able to help a lot of older people who trust me to get the job done well, and who trust me in their homes, which I am really pleased about. Providing good work for my customers really does make each day better.”

Gregor, Callum & Jenna McGarrie, from GJM School of Motoring Ltd, winners of the Good Trader of the Year award in Leigh, said: “To have won the Good Trader of the Year Award for Leigh, alongside our Certificate of Excellence for the second year running, really is immense.

“It is vital to us that all of our learners and customers have a positive experience, and our family-run business puts that at the forefront of all the services we provide- from driving lessons, to helping people with their theory tests and booking and managing practical tests for over 60 instructors.  

“We were the first driving instruction business to be in the Good Trader Scheme, and we are really proud that we have been recognised at these Awards. Should anyone need our services, please visit our website www.gjmsom.co.uk (external link)

The six top winners were chosen from 38 local traders who this year were recognised with a Certificate of Excellence.

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.

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

Posted on Thursday 22nd September 2022

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