The strong entrepreneurial spirit that prevails in Ruddington has been recognised in the annual Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards, with village business ventures picking up two of the 10 awards.
Ruddington Village Market, organised by the Ruddington Village Centre Partnership, was honoured with the coveted “Business of the Year” gong, whilst High Street retailer, The Bottle Top, was awarded “Food and Drink Establishment of the Year”. The awards were sponsored by Handelsbanken and GNG Club respectively.
Whilst the usual awards ceremony had to be cancelled, the winners and shortlisted nominees all took place in a virtual showcase organised by the awards’ media partner, West Bridgford Wire, on YouTube in early December.
Award organisers Rushcliffe Borough Council were full of praise for winners and nominees, with the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community and The Environment, Cllr Abby Brennan, saying: “Congratulations to our winners and to all those who were shortlisted and nominated.
“Whether volunteer, business owner or community hero, they are all making a difference to people’s lives and are hugely deserving of this recognition.
“Thank you to everyone who nominated a group or individual, it was wonderful to celebrate their achievements.”
Patrick Gamble from West Bridgford Wire added: “This year has really stuck out as being one to reflect on what people have done for their communities in such hard times and all the winners and nominees are so worthy of recognition.
“There have been countless outstanding and inspirational stories in Rushcliffe since COVID, and people have responded so positively whether volunteering or soldiering on safely in their industry or field. Well done to all.”
Needless to say, our two local village winners were delighted with their awards, which were well-deserved after a long and difficult year. Well done to you both!