A STALYBRIDGE business is aiming for national glory after being nominated for a prestigious award.
Florence and Amelia’s, on Corporation Street, is in the running for the Sole to Sole Award, which decides the best self-employed small business owner, at The Small Awards.
They recognise small businesses up and down the country for their growth, creativity and commitment to their local community.
And the efforts of Nicola Buckley, who founded Florence and Amelia’s in 2014, have not gone unnoticed.
Now she will be off to St Mary’s Church in London’s Marylebone area on May 9 to find out if she has won.
Nicola said: “I am thrilled to be short-listed for such a prestigious national award.
“I opened Florence & Amelia’s in 2014 as it was my dream to create a store filled with unique and bespoke gifts and home accessories, a treasure trove filled with hidden gems.
“Since then, I have enjoyed every moment (the highs and lows!) and pride myself in providing the very best in customer service.
“Over the years, I have come to appreciate how important it is to local towns to support and nurture local businesses.
“There is a sense of community between the local traders in Stalybridge with many amazing shops catering for all.
“I am proud to represent Stalybridge and Tameside at these awards and want to put Stalybridge on the map as a town that can have a thriving and lively high street and spreading the word within the local community the importance of shopping local and small!”
Michelle Ovens MBE, founder of The Small Awards, added: “The Small Awards celebrates the huge contribution that the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses make to the economy and broader society across the country.
“There are huge numbers of small businesses doing great things, making great products and excelling in customer service, and they all deserve recognition.
“I am proud that there is now a spotlight on vibrant, dynamic and exciting UK businesses such as Florence & Amelia’s.”
There are eleven categories at The Small Awards, all highlighting the vibrancy of the UK’s small business sector which turns over £1.9 trillion each year. Find out more online: thesmallawards.uk