Shop ‘local hero’ scoops award and boosts charity

Chris Beards at the awards ceremony

Chris Beards at the awards ceremony

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Shop owner Chris Beards of Mantons Cards is celebrating again.

He has won The Local Hero Award in The British Independent Retailer of the Year Awards.

And Mantons was also runner up in The Retail Team of the Year Award.

As well as collecting the trophy Mantons was also given £1,000 to donate to a charity of their choice and decided to donate all the money to local charity Crossroads Care.

The Local Hero award is given to a retailer who has engaged with their community and supported local initiatives .

The judging panel’s verdict was: ‘Mantons fundraising for local charities is a core part of the business.

‘We were so impressed with their local charity work that Mantons was a clear winner.’

A delighted Chris said: ‘As no finalists are announced until the evening I was equally surprised and delighted to hear my name as the winner.

‘I was even more delighted to realise that part of the prize was £1,000 to donate to a charity of our choice’.

Julia Cullen from Crossroads said: ‘Crossroads Care have been lucky enough to work in partnership with Mantons Cards several times in the past couple of years, and it is always a pleasure.

‘Chris and his team have such a welcoming nature and their customer service always shines through. Most recently we worked together on a local craft competition in which the winner was able to display and sell their work within Mantons Card shop.

‘The Local Hero award is much deserved and all at Crossroads Care appreciate the money that has been raised by Mantons on behalf of our charity.’

After winning last year’s British Independent Retailer of the Year the judges further commented: ‘Mantons stood out as having a broad variety of achievements which impressed the judges, not just working to improve one aspect of their business but many elements at the same time.’

Julie Conway, head of BIRA events,said: ‘As the only Manx company to ever reach the final, Mantons has put the Isle of Man firmly on the retail map.

‘Just being selected as one of the five finalists is an amazing achievement for a retailer on a small island, considering that Mantons are up against some really prestigious businesses in some large cities’.

Chris said: ‘Winning last year felt like a fantastic achievement but I was especially excited that this year the awards specifically recognised the whole Mantons team, who contribute so much to making Mantons so popular with so many people on the island.’

Since 2010 Mantons has now won 16 national awards including ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’, plus being named as one of the top 100 small businesses in the UK in 2015 alone.

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