Last year Ladysmith Shopping Centre launched the Amazing Ashton Awards that included  Local Business Of The Year, Market Trader Of The Year and Employee of the Year.  Building on that event Ashton Town Team wanted to recognise more of the small businesses that make the town centre what it is. Ashton Town Team is proud to announce the Ashton Independent Business Awards presented in association with Bromley’s Solicitors.  There will be opportunity for shoppers and businesses themselves to nominate in one of the categories which consist of:

  • Fresh food Retail

  • Hair

  • Health and Beauty

  • Clothing & Footwear Retail

  • Specialist (Fabric, Haberdashery, Hobby, Collectors, Crafts, Wool etc)

  • Jewellers

  • Home furnishings

  • Home ware

  • Cafes & Takeaways

  • Furniture

  • Tech & Electrical

  • Restaurant

There are two other special awards which will be chosen by the sponsors and Ashton Town Team. The website – – will be launched on September 7th and you will be able to nominate your favourite businesses throughout the month. Winners will be announced in October with presentations made to the businesses individually within the town centre.

The nominations are being judged by a prestigious group of well known individuals in Tameside. A well known member of the judging team is Pauline Town who has worked exceptionally hard supporting the homeless and other charity projects within the borough. Luke Mirfin, from Tameside Markets, is the third judge who deals with marketing for the Tameside markets team. We are delighted to welcome Jackie Moores, Principal of Tameside College, as our final judge who, along with the others, will help select this year’s winners from a shortlist of those with most nominations.  Chairing the judging team will be Jan Lord from Guide Bridge MOT & Service who have won a number of awards through the years including recognition from Pride of Tameside.  Jan said: “I’m extremely honoured to be asked to be chairing the Ashton Independent Business Awards… alongside the other judges. There are so many worthy businesses in the town so I know our job isn’t going to be an easy one this year. Having been a winner in many awards myself over the years I know what it means to a small business to be recognised for all their hard work.”

Joining Ashton Town Team in sponsoring the event Paul Westwell, partner at Bromleys Solicitors, said: “We are proud to be the main sponsor of the Ashton Independent Business Awards and wish everybody the best of luck.” Bromley’s itself has received its own fair share of awards in recent years including awards in Pride of Tameside in the last three years.

On behalf of Ashton Town Team Councillor Bill Fairfoull, Deputy Leader of Tameside Council said: “Over the past 8 years Ashton Town Team has worked hard to support the small businesses in our town centre. We are delighted to have the opportunity, with the support of Bromleys Solicitors, to recognise some of these valuable independent businesses.”

Ashton Town Team is a voluntary group established to support those small businesses that add colour to Ashton town centre. For more information follow them on Facebook and Twitter.