Awards recognise Wigan Borough's best traders

Awards recognise Wigan Borough's best traders

Good Trader Scheme Awards 2023

Good Trader Scheme Awards 2023

The best of Wigan Borough traders from carpet cleaners and driving instructors to waste removal and home improvement services have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

Based on feedback from customers, the Good Trader Awards highlight firms that have maintained high standards throughout the last 12 months.

Prizes for categories such as Trader of the Year and Newcomer of the Year were handed out at a Wigan Town Hall ceremony.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for planning, environmental services and transport said: “The Good Trader Scheme is such a valuable resource for our residents, providing this list of reliable and reputable local traders, who have shown they are committed to treating their customers honestly and fairly by committing to a code of practice.

“In addition to these fantastic winners, a further 40 businesses were also recognised with a ‘Certificate of Excellence’.”

The 2023 Award winners are:

  • Good Trader of the Year- Wigan- Gerrards Carpets and Upholstery Cleaners
  • Good Trader of the Year- Leigh- GJM School of Motoring
  • Highly Commended- Wigan- Bathtek North West
  • Highly Commended- Leigh- Elite365 Locksmiths
  • Best Newcomer- Wigan- Handyman Repairs
  • Best Newcomer- Leigh- Waste Wizards

Councillor Dane Anderton, cabinet portfolio holder for police, crime and civil contingencies, added: “It was a real honour to attend the Good Trader Awards and get to meet some of the fantastic local businesses who do our borough proud.

“We all know the awful impact that unscrupulous traders can have on our communities, especially on people who may be more vulnerable, and it is great to recognise and celebrate these ‘Good Traders’ in our communities.”

GJM School of Motoring claimed one of the Trader of the Year awards for the second year in a row.

Director Gregor McCarrie, said: “We are delighted to have received this Award. GJM School of Motoring is a family-run business that works with pupils in the local area who are looking to drive, and we pride ourselves on providing a calm and focussed environment for learning.

“We receive great reviews from our students, and great customer service is not just something we do- it’s a vital part of our business and we are ready to welcome more pupils to join us and get on the road.”

Simon Gerrard of Gerrard Carpets and Upholstery Cleaners, said: “We are delighted to have won the Wigan Trading Standards Good Trader of the Year Award for 2023.

“We pride ourselves on offering our clients the very highest standards of quality and service in every aspect of what we do and so for those efforts to be recognised by our customers through their Good Trader reviews, we are truly humbled.

“The Good Trader Scheme seeks to protect consumers from rogue traders who all too often target the older and more vulnerable members of our community, and so for them to be able to access a whole range of skilled and reputable local traders, must come as a relief for them to know they are in safe hands.”

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

Posted on Wednesday 29th November 2023

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