TRADERS helping vulnerable people in the resort have been awarded for their services.
Blackpool Council’s Traders Awards recognised the businesses signed up to the authority’s Safe and Secure Directory - a trusted service providing building and repair work for elderly people in the resort.
Vincent Unsworth, manager of Pypers Garage on Rawcliffe Street, Blackpool, took home the Specialist Trader of the Year gong.
He said: “It came as a bit of a shock to hear we had won but this is all about giving a good service to the customer and being honest with them.
“We want people to go away happy with the service they’ve received and not question the money they’ve spent.
“This will hopefully benefit us as a business and help us to prosper.”
All of this year’s winners were small business in the resort and included Martin Livesy, a self-employed builder who recently completed work for three 90-year-olds.
The Newcomer of the Year said: “I’ve only been on the scheme 12 months but it’s really pleasing to get this because it’s some appreciation for what I do.
“I get a lot of satisfaction from helping these people and they know they’ve got someone they can trust who isn’t going to rip them off.”
Plumber Jay Law, owner of Jay Law Ltd, won the Partnership Award.
He added: “We help a lot of vulnerable people and are pleased with what we do.
“It’s not always about going there and doing a job, you sometimes have to give them a little bit extra.”
Coun Fred Jackson, deputy leader with responsibility for Trading Standards, said: “We receive a vast amount of positive feedback from customers and partners each year. These awards help to recognise and reward this excellent service traders are providing across the town to our residents.”
AWARD WINNERSTrader of the Year - David Chu (Property Services 4u) - Deals with electrical services including security & alarm systems, all aspects of handy work, plumbing, painting and decorating
Newcomer of the Year - Martin Livesy (Building Services)
Partnership Award - Jay Law Ltd (Plumbing Services)
Leader in Customer Services - Value Vacs (Domestic Appliance Repairs)
Specialist Trader - Pypers Garage (car repairs & servicing)
Long Service Award - Gilderdale Roofing