Awards success for two local businesses

Jonathan Mitchell, Store Manager of SPAR Castle Street, proudly picks up the award for Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Company-Owned) category at the recent Retail Industry Awards in London last month.

Jonathan Mitchell, Store Manager of SPAR Castle Street, proudly picks up the award for Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Company-Owned) category at the recent Retail Industry Awards in London last month.

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Two local businesses are celebrating after being recognised by their industry peers.

SPAR Castle Street in Ballycastle won the Forecourt Retailer of the Year (Company-Owned) category at the recent Retail Industry Awards in London last month.

The outlet beat three others from Northern Ireland and England to be given the prestigious title.

Judges noted that the investments made in a major facelift for the premises were key to securing the award, and that the owners had a clear understanding of what makes it a one-stop-shop for its 10,000 weekly customers.

“It’s a very rounded offer” said one judge. “It’s got a loyalty scheme and excellent community engagement. They have got a clear business plan and it is monitored very closely.”

Meanwile, Biesty’s SuperValu Ballymoney were nominated for a prestigious Q Mark Award at this year’s National Q Mark Awards, held in the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.

The Q Mark certification is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence, with Q Mark criteria ensuring that clients exceed legal requirements rather than simply adhering to them.