Vote for best of Brighouse

Lesley Adams with John Buxton of Ryecorn Wholefoods
Lesley Adams with John Buxton of Ryecorn Wholefoods

HAVE you received excellent standard of service in an independent shop or cafe? Do you make a beeline for a Brighouse business or believe in supporting local traders?

If so why not vote in the first Totally Locally awards which will be presented on June 30 in a ceremony at The Works in Sowerby Bridge?

Lesley Adams, of Brighouse Business Initiative, said the awards were an excellent opportunity to celebrate the range of independent shops, cafes and businesses in Brighouse and acknowledge the hard work done by traders in attracting people to the town.

“We want to celebrate Brighouse’s favourite independent shops and cafes,” she said. “We are talking about the ‘hidden gems’, the brilliant shops and businesses that make our town different from the others. They are the lifeblood of our town.”

Totally Locally Calderdale, the innovative shop local campaign designed to help businesses through the recession, is in its second year. The camaign encourages Calderdale residents to spend £5 per week in their local independent shops instead of online or in the supermarkets - bringing in an extra £40 million to the economy.

Campaign spokesman Chris Sands said: “The support we have received has been astounding. We’ve had another fantastic year and it seems fitting that we celebrate the great businesses we have in Calderdale.”

Details of how to vote are available on the website at www.totally-locally.co.uk or on the posters and postcards round town. The awards categories include best food producer, best hidden gem and best newcomer and members of the public can vote for their favourite cafe and favourite shop.