THE TRADER of the Year Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony held at Oxton Bar and Kitchen, Oxton Village.
The annual awards recognise the achievements of companies that demonstrate a commitment to serving the people of Wirral.
Categories included ‘Supporting Employment’, ‘Supporting the Local Community’, ‘Leader in Customer Service’ and ‘Environmental Responsibility’.
There is also the prestigious ‘Trader of the Year’ award to recognise outstanding commitment to continuous customer service development and which this year was won by Renroh Engineering.
Presenting the awards were Councillor Brian Kenny, Wirral council interim strategic director of regeneration, Kevin Adderley, Chief Executive of Involve NW Justine Molyneux, Pat Lloyd of Age UK and Derek Payet from the council’s trading standards team.
The trading standards business approval scheme is run by the council’s trading standards division. Benefits for businesses can include greater consumer recognition and confidence in the quality of services provided, access to up to date information on changes in legislation and a mutually beneficial and more open relationship with trading standards.
Cllr Brian Kenny, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I am incredibly impressed with the outstanding merits of these businesses. Not only do they offer their customers an excellent service but they play a major role in contributing to the local economy.
“The trading standards business approval scheme is going from strength to strength and through word of mouth, customer awareness is growing.”
Professional magician, illusionist, comedian and entertainer John Harding was the host.
Award winners in full: Protecting Vulnerable People Award 2012 – Bell Mobility Ltd; Supporting Employment Award 2012 – JBC Building & Disability Adaptations; Supporting the Local Community Award 2012 – Cureton Gas Ltd; Leader in Customer Service Award 2012 – Merilyn Phillips Ltd; Environmental Responsibility Award 2012 – TaxAssist Accountants; Special Recognition Award 2012 – JG Dodd Bathroom Installations; Trader of the Year Award 2012 – Renroh Engineering