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30 valued town centre workers win Newbury Real Ale Festival tickets

NEWBURY Business Improvement District (BID) has given away 30 tickets to this weekend’s Newbury Real Ale Festival to deserving local workers.

Last month, Newbury BID reached out to firms in Newbury town centre, asking them to nominate outstanding members of staff to win a pair of tickets to the hugely popular beer festival, of which it is a key sponsor.

It received more than 30 nominations for the prize giveaway from an array of businesses across all sectors, including office-based organisations, hospitality, retail and hair and beauty.

Newbury BID chief executive Melissa Hughes
Newbury BID chief executive Melissa Hughes

All nominations were entered into a prize draw and winners were generated at random to make the competition as fair as possible.

The winners are: Blues Smoke House, Jean Marc-Bidegain; bstFitness, Milena Skrodzka; Grape Tree, Izzy; Hamptons, Deborah Giacobbi; Jack Wills, Kaya Huszarik; MAXX Design, Stephen Cripps; Newbury Town Council, Elisa Mullen; Outsource International Limited, John Webber; Pizza Express, Joe; Ripples, Amanda Day; Roderick Anthony, Leanne Fayers Hallin; Shoe Zone, JK; TaxAssist Accountants, Julie Moore; We Buy, Nathan Holland; Willow and Blooms, Naomi Carolan.

Outsource International managing director Martin Trumper nominated service centre team leader John Webber, saying: “Since the pandemic, John has gone above and beyond to support both his own team and colleagues throughout the business to help them overcome a wide variety of both business and personal challenges.

"We run a 24-hour international business, and he makes himself available at all times and at any hour to other staff members, customers and partners.

"He has shown his true colours and is a very valuable asset to the business, for which we are very grateful.”

Roderick Anthony Hairdressing director Anthony Griffins nominated manager and stylist Leanne Fayers Hallin, saying: “Through the last year of an awful time in hairdressing, Leanne has been excellent at managing the salon – hardly needing to lean on me at all.

"She has taken away the burden of sorting out many things from me and managed to keep the salon running well under very difficult circumstances. All that whilst working a full column of her clients.

"She has been amazing, and I cannot thank her enough.”

Ripples director Dianne Garnett nominated office manager Amanda Day, saying: “She is an absolute star within our business and has been with us through thick and thin.

"We recently had quite a nasty flood in the showroom and up to the mantle she jumped, beginning with rolling up her sleeves and grabbing buckets, to calling insurance and allowing us at the front to get back to selling as soon as possible.

"She is lovely to have around which makes coming into work a pleasure.”

Newbury BID chief executive Melissa Hughes said: “It’s been a delight seeing all of the entries come in and a real pleasure reading through the nominations.

"I feel so proud of the Newbury business community for pulling through such an awful time, and we’re pleased we’re able to reward some of the members of staff who have played their part in helping their business pull through.”

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