Businesses in Beeston have the chance to step into the spotlight after the launch of the ‘I Love Beeston’ awards, a new competition aimed at rewarding local businesses.
The new competition launched by the Beeston Business Improvement District (BID) is aimed at rewarding local businesses which have continued to thrive despite the commotion of the tram works.
Whilst locals will complain that Beeston has been rife with problems due to the current tram-line construction, some businesses have still managed to flourish amidst the tram work mayhem.
The competition’s announcement follows the completion of the track laying process in the area, a full three years after it began.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, Beeston BID manager, said
“We will be looking at a broad range of categories to reflect the diversity of businesses in Beeston, from one person micro businesses to family firms and larger retailers. It has been a challenging couple of years for the town but we have kept positive throughout and that is reflected in the low number of vacant units compared to the national average.”
There are seven categories that will receive individual awards including family business, new business (established since January 2014), as well as an overall winner.
The competition isn’t the only form of help being offered to the small businesses that have struggled through the tram works. The hardship fund was set up by Nottinghamshire County Council in order to compensate businesses that claimed trade was hindered by the construction of the tram-line.
However, for some traders the £50,000 pot was too little, too late, with businesses such as Jerry’s At Beeston being forced to close down aptly with the message written on the café window reading “We waited as long as we could…”.