‘Smiles’ award for Preston city leader

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Preston Council leader Peter Rankin was honoured with a Special Recognition award at a sell-out ceremony in the city..

Preston Business Improvement District’s “Smiles Better” Awards were handed out at Preston’s Guild Hall last night.

The competition, sponsored by Abbey Telecom, saw more than 200 nominations of businesses and individuals across the city centre.

Fourteen accolades were up for grabs, the winners of which were chosen through a public vote.

In addition to the 14 award categories, the BID Special Recognition honour was awarded to Coun Rankin by Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

Coun Peter Kelly accepted the award on behalf of the leader, who has announced he is not standing for re-election owing to ill health.

Coun Peter Rankin

Coun Peter Rankin

Preston BID manager Mark Whittle said: “These awards are always hotly contested with healthy competition between nominees to secure the public vote.

“The city centre is awash with great people working in great businesses and it’s good to recognise and reward them; they are the reason people visit Preston”.

Guild Hall owner and entrepeneur Simon Rigby was announced as the “City Star”, winning the category in which the infamous Fishergate Bollard was a popular finalist.

The awards, presented by BBC Radio Lancashire’s John Gillmore and radio favourite Danny Bee saw TV favourite Sherrie Hewson make a surprise guest appearance.

Sherrie said: “It was great to be in Preston and share in the success of the winners and finalists .”

The winners:

RETAIL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Leigh Sweetman – Chair of Preston At Night
Winner: SUE DODWELL – GREGGS

INDEPENDENT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Andy Coverdale – Chair City Centre Business Crime Reduction Partnership
WINNER: TOWN HOUSE COFFEE AND BREW BAR

BAR OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Julie Stewart – City Centre Police Licensing Officer
WINNER: YATES

MULTIPLE RETAILER OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Samuel Whitear – Co Editor of Business Lancashire
WINNER: ANN SUMMERS

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN A LEISURE BUSINESS
Presented by: Carley Stewart
WINNER: ALICE CORKE COSTA (St George’s)

LEISURE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Cllr. Peter Kelly – Cabinet Member for Leisure & Culture, Preston City Council
WINNER: DAVE BROWN – SWITCH

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Nishma Hindocha – BBC Radio Lancashire
WINNER: TURTLE BAY

PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 
Presented by: Andy Neale – Preston At Night Co-Ordinator
WINNER: BRIAN HUDSON – YATES

PUB OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Iain Lynn – Lancashire Post
WINNER: TWELVE TELLERS

NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR
Presented by: Rob Charles, from Car Share
WINNER: THE WAREHOUSE

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE IN A RETAIL BUSINESS
Presented by: Tony Raynor – MD, Abbey Telecom, ‘Smiles Better’ Awards Sponsors
WINNER: SAM EAVES – ANN SUMMERS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN RETAIL
Presented by: Stephanie Slater MBE – Paralympic Gold Medallist 
WINNER: ANDREW STRINGER – ST GEORGE’S SHOPPING CENTRE

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVMENT IN IN LEISURE 
Presented by: The Mayor of Preston, Cllr. Brian Rollo
WINNER: LISA BILLINGTON – THE WAREHOUSE

CITY STAR
Presented by: TV’s Sherrie Hewson 
WINNER: SIMON RIGBY MBE

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD – PRESENTED TO CLLR. PETER RANKIN