One of Chesterfield’s oldest businesses has been crowned Retailer of the Year at the town’s 2015 Retail Awards.
Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce walked away with the crown at a ceremony - organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Learning Limited - at a sell-out Winding Wheel last Wednesday.
The business, which is celebrating its 70th year of trading, also scooped the Market Trader of the Year.
Ibbotson’s impressed judges for the way it has diversified into online ordering, helping to widen its customer base by bringing Chesterfield’s market to shoppers unable to get into town.
Said owner Nick Ibbotson “I can’t believe that we have won two awards and it is particularly special to get overall Retailer of the Year Award.
“It’s amazing to have beaten all the big stores and other independent retailers.
“We’re just a little fruit and veg stall that’s been in the centre of Chesterfield for more than 70 years.”
Ibbotson’s was one of 13 winners of a total of 16 awards recognising the very best independent shops, high street stores and market traders in the town.
Other multiple award winners included Adorn Jewellers and Debenhams, with both triumphing in two categories.
This year’s awards received more than 600 nominations for businesses from the public resulting in 32 finalists, of which 20 were first time finalists. The ceremony was hosted by popular Peak FM breakfast show duo Becky Measures and James Summers.
Six businesses returned to defend their crowns from last year’s event including Pelican Cycles, which successfully retained its titles of Leisure Re-tailer of the Year and Independent Retailer of the Year
The full list of the winners were:
Hair and Beauty Business of the Year - The Therapy Lounge
Fashion and Footwear Retailer of the Year – Blanc
Jewellery and Accessories Retailer of the Year – Adorn Jewellers
Home and Gifts Retailer of the Year - Libbys
Children’s Clothes, Toys & Accessories Retailer of the Year - Debenhams
Food and Drink Retailer of the Year – R. P. Davidson Cheese Factor
Phones and Technology Retailer of the Year – Chips Computers
Leisure Retailer of the Year (Sports, Hobbies, Crafts or Outdoor) – Pelican Cycles
Market Trader of the Year – Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce
Independent Retailer of the Year – Pelican Cycles
National/Multiple Retailer of the Year – Debenhams
Excellence in Customer Service – Adorn Jewellers
Market Hall Business of the Year – A Little Bazaar
Best New Store (Opened 2014/2015) – Meadowfresh
Vicar Lane Retailer of the Year - New Look
Retailer of the Year - Ibbotson’s Fresh Quality Produce