We’re all top of the shops in totally locally awards

Totally Locally awards at The Works, Sowerby Bridge. Ginger cafe, Halifax, win.
Totally Locally awards at The Works, Sowerby Bridge. Ginger cafe, Halifax, win.

MORE than 200 people turned out to celebrate the best of Totally Locally.

The scheme, which started in October 2009, aims to promote local businesses and the best of local shopping.

Their first award ceremony was held at The Works, Sowerby Bridge.

Chris Sands from Totally Locally was joined by Nigel Goddard as well as Mayor of Calderdale Nader Fekri and Councillor Barry Collins.

They named Lesley Adams, Amy Leader, Andrea Karabel, Rachel Taylor, Sara Jo Cooper, Lynne Midwinter and Craig Simcock Total Local Heroes.

The best market stalls were named as Bracewells in Todmorden Market and Grosvenors in Halifax Borough Market.

The team chose three winners of the Totally Locally Choice Award, Spuds N Stuff in Halifax and the Halifax Wine Company as well as Blazing Saddles in Hebden Bridge.

Elland businesses were well represented. Lottie Shaw from Elland was named Inspirational Producer and Suma won the Globally Locally award for making an impact on a wider stage.

They voted the Yorkshire Soap Company in Hebden Bridge and Brighouse’s Czerwiks as the most-talked about and named 816 Espresso in Halifax and Anon Lingerie in Elland as best newcomers.

The Magic Tenner Award was given to businesses and shops that have a large base of local suppliers and support their local economy. The winners were Triangle Emporium, Triangle and The Heart Gallery in Hebden Bridge.

A public vote was opened for best cafe – which was named as Ginger cafe, above Food Therapy and the best shop was Czerwiks in Brighouse.

Chris Sands said the evening was a great success: “The event couldn’t have happened without the generosity of many great businesses of Calderdale.”