Two independent Southport town centre businesses have been honoured in the 2021 Northern Enterprise Awards.
The Windmill pub, on Seabank Road, and Mind Games, on Hill Street, were both recognised.
The Northern Enterprise Awards, which is run by SME News, celebrates the industriousness and the dedication of the businesses and enterprises hailing from the north of England.
An SME News spokesperson said: “These awards allow us to celebrate the hardworking individuals and firms based in Northern England who often demonstrate their innovation and excellence in their business practices.
“With many businesses experiencing unexpected adversity, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, now, more than ever feels like the best time to celebrate those who have faced the challenges head on and have sought innovative ways to bring about permanent positive change, making this an incredibly exciting time to be nominated and get noticed.”
The Windmill pub is run by Neil Walsh and partner Tom Hodgin.
They said: “We are delighted to have won the Northern Enterprise award for Most Inclusive Local Pub in the Greater Liverpool Region.
“Since taking over The Windmill three years ago we have worked hard to reach out and engage with our local community and now our pub isn’t just a place for a pint it’s so much more.
“We host workshops, games groups, sci-fi groups, as well as our darts, dominoes and pool teams.
“We also host one of the busiest quizzes in Southport, and stage live music.
“We’re hosting a Christmas craft fair on Sunday 5th December from 1pm to 5pm featuring local craft stalls and music from the Skelmersdale Brass Band. You can’t get more Christmassy than a brass band!
“We’d like to thank our customers old and new who have supported us since 2018 and especially in the last 18 months.”
Colin Willock, owner of Mind Games, was delighted to win the Best Independent Jigsaw Retailer in Merseyside Award.
He said: “We were absolutely delighted to receive this award as it put all of our hard work during the pandemic and all the changes we had to make worthwhile.
“We always like to think that we provide a homely atmosphere and friendly service within the shop and believe our local knowledge and jigsaw puzzle knowledge gives us a good advantage over any of the larger retailers who sell puzzles.
“Our website used to just offer one postage option, but since the start of the pandemic we looked at other ways of supplying our customers with the jigsaws they wanted.
“We introduced free Click and Collect, which during the Covid lockdowns ran from my home in Ainsdale as well as an option for courier service or Royal Mail. We also introduced more ways to pay, as we appreciated some people do not like Paypal, so we also introduced a payment option on the website where you entered the details of your card without using PayPal and we also introduced Pay by Phone.
“We do love Southport and the support we have had in the nearly 10 years of trading has been overwhelming and would love to thank all our customers, both new and old, for their continued support.”