Plymouth City & Waterfront Awards 2013

 The Original Pasty House scoops Best Cafe or Coffee Shop at the City Centre and Waterfront Awards

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: October 09, 2013

A PASTY shop had first prize all wrapped up as it won Best Cafe or Coffee Shop. The judges felt The Original Pasty House deserved the prize due to their excellent reputation and service.They fought off competition in the category, sponsored by Colour Xpress, from The Flower Cafe, Rockets and Rascals and Cap’n Jaspers.Richard Davis said: “The judges found this category provided us with a particularly difficult decision, given the extremely high number of nominations and votes involved.”Cafes and coffee shops clearly provide a haven for locals and visitors alike, giving them a chance to relax or catch up with friends in a comfortable environment in the heart of the city.

“As we saw by the numbers of votes for businesses in this category, customer loyalty is strong and people are keen to support a place they know well and somewhere they think provides excellent service.

“The Original Pasty House was chosen because they very quickly established a reputation for quality, both of service and product, something they consistently maintain.”

Following a competitive public voting process The Original Pasty House was chosen to win the category by judges Blanche Sainsbury and Richard Davis.

Owner Nigel Eadie said: “We’re absolutely over the moon.

“The awards are even more special and important because they’re voted for by the good people of the city – the people who use us.

“It means a lot to that people have voted for us.

“It was a great night – I think the awards are a really important thing because the customers are able to vote for us and recognise that we to a good job and they enjoy our food.”

Mr Eadie currently has 58 staff working for the Original Pasty House in Plymouth.

He said: “The staff work really hard every single day to deliver the high standards we expect and that is reflected by how our customers feel about us.”

 

Plymouth Herald Friday, October 04, 2013 – by SIAN DAVIES Herald Reporter @SDaviesHerald

MORE than 300 people celebrated city businesses success at last night’s City and Waterfront Awards.

After months of nominations and public votes, the winners were finally revealed. Among the winners were John Hirshman from Drakes Fine Jewellers, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, Tanners which won Best Fine Dining and Wray and Co was named Plymouth City Centre Company Business of the Year.

A red carpet welcomed guests, with a drinks reception and three-course dinner, to the awards ceremony, held in association with Plymouth City Centre Company and Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City.

Business people from across the city were in high spirits as the winners were announced, representing both independent companies and large chains. Rockets and Rascals, The Flower Cafe, Maiya’s Salon and Kitty O’Hanlons were among the businesses represented.

More than 12,000 public votes whittled down the hundreds of nominated businesses into a shortlist of 55. From there, 18 individuals and businesses claimed the top prizes. Blanche Sainsbury, who is managing director of The Herald and was also part of the judging panel, said: “What a fantastic evening. “It was great to see so many local business people in one place. “The room was filled with positivity and people are really optimistic about the future of Plymouth. “The chance to celebrate together and network was lovely and makes us see that the local economy has massive potential. “I want to congratulate the winners once more, and also say that every shortlisted business did fantastically well. “To make it to the ceremony from more than 400 nominated businesses is a fantastic achievement and everyone at the awards last night should be very proud.”

A whole range of sponsors helped the awards happen, from educational institutions to small businesses who work in partnership with the shortlisted companies.

Editor of The Herald, Ian Wood said: “It is fantastic to be able to support Plymouth businesses in this way. “They do great things for the city and the awards were all about recognising that hard work and thanking them for all they do. “It was a fantastic evening and all the nominees did so well to be shortlisted.”

Lesley Shorrocks, the Plymouth chair of the Federation of Small Businesses, was pleased to the event and said it was a great opportunity to “pat businesses on the back”. She said: “After the tough trading conditions of the last few years which a lot of businesses have experienced, a ‘thank you’ and recognition of their efforts is very welcome and will put a spring in their step, so it’s fantastic that The Herald is organising these awards.

“For too long Plymouth has hidden its talents and I think we are all responding in the city with renewed vigour, keen to celebrate and enjoy what we have here and what we can do in the future in this beautiful place. “It’s also really super that lots of relatively young businesses were nominated for the awards. “This is so encouraging for others wanting to take the plunge into running their own businesses; it’s fantastic that we are recognising the fact that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Plymouth.”

The glitzy event was not only a chance to celebrate the winners, but also and opportunity to celebrate the voting public’s support for local businesses and the chance to network.

Lesley added: “Starting and running a business can be a very lonely and challenging job so we must congratulate everyone who was nominated, not just focus on the winners. “Plymouth is a gorgeous place to live and work and tonight’s award have the big buzz factor – which will give all of us a boost and we’ll communicate those positive feelings to our colleagues, friends and neighbours I’m sure.”

THE WINNERS

THE winners of Plymouth’s City Centre and Waterfront Awards 2013 are:

Best Event – British Fireworks Championships

Best Tourist Attraction – National Marine Aquarium

Best After Dark Venue – Annabel’s Cabaret and Discotheque

Best Eatery of restaurant – Positano Restaurant

Best Cafe or Coffee Shop – The Original Pasty House

Best Fine Dining – Tanners

Best Hotel or Accommodation – The Grosvenor Plymouth

Best Fashion Retailer Independent – Bibi and Mac

Best Fashion Retailer Chain – Animal

Best Fashion Retailer Accessories – Michael Spiers

Best Homeware, Gift Shop, Hobbies and Interest Retailer – Rockets and Rascals

Best Hair and Beauty Business – Maiya’s Salon

Best Local Produce Champion – Plymouth Gin

Best Customer Service – All staff at Foot Solutions

Editor’s Choice Award – Edmund Davari

Plymouth City Centre Company Business of the Year – Wray and Co

Waterfront Business of the Year – Le Vignoble

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Hirshman at Drakes Fine Jewellers

 

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