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The Hearts of Holbeach awards get off to a flying start

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Awards to celebrate a special community and its businesses have got off to a flying start.

The Hearts of Holbeach awards proved to be such a big boost for the town that South Holland district councillor Tracey Carter has decided to run them for a second year.

Two new categories have been added into this year’s awards, which has received around 180 nominations within 24 hours of launching on Thursday last week.

Mark Shearer and Ben Tindale from Shearers Butchers
Mark Shearer and Ben Tindale from Shearers Butchers

Coun Carter said: “Last year’s awards had such a positive response to celebrate the wonderful businesses and individuals in the town and surrounding area.

“I am over the moon with the response so far.”

Once again the awards aims to promote the town’s businesses as well as celebrating the individuals who make a difference to their community.

Sally Peacock and Suzanne Iles at South Lincs Vets with their Hearts of Holbeach award
Sally Peacock and Suzanne Iles at South Lincs Vets with their Hearts of Holbeach award

Nominations are now being taken for the Best Customer Service from a Business; Best Customer Service from an Individual; and Best Service Industry firm.

Best Food Premises is another award which will be up for grabs, along with the hotly contested Window Display category.

One lucky firm will also receive the overall business of the year award.

People in the Holbeach area are being urged to put forward nominations for the Community Champion, which is an individual or group which has made a big difference to the area over the last year.

Nominations are also being taken for the Community Group Award.

Coun Carter has taken the decision to celebrate the trades firms which are always there to help people in an emergency in the first of the two new awards.

The second new award is to celebrate carers, whether they work in a care home or go into clients’ homes.

Coun Carter said: “I’ve had some really nice nominations so far, particularly for the carer’s award.”

Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, November 24.

Coun Carter and a panel of two other judges will have the difficult task of whittling down the entries to three for each category before the voting is thrown open to the public on Monday, November 29.

Voting will close on Sunday, December 12.

People in Holbeach and the surrounding area will be able to tune into the final, which will be held online on Thursday, December 15, when businesses and individuals will be getting an early Christmas present.

The awards have been sponsored by Taylors Bulbs, Apex Pole Fitness, EGM Insurance, The Bounce House Party, Jamie’s Carpets, Holbeach Tyres, JWK Electrical, Lincolnshire Pools and Spas, The Crown Hotel and TBC Engineering and Factory Supplies.

The Crown Hotel was named overall business of the year in the 2020 ceremony.

Publican Martin Forward said: “The awards were a good distraction last year when everyone was trapped in and I hope that the uptake is as good.

“The award shows the effort we put in throughout the year in relation for charity.”

If you would like to make a nomination, please email traceycarter@sholland.gov.uk

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