DIY store wins award tre­ble

Shop takes best business ac­co­lade

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­

A DIY store has scooped three awards in­clud­ing best business in a vil­lage traders’ com­pe­ti­tion.

Busi­nesses and Traders for Chal­font St Giles (BAT4CSG) cel­e­brated em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and choice in the area with a contest.

Peo­ple voted in five cat­e­gories and the win­ners were an­nounced at the vil­lage’s an­nual show on Satur­day.

Yalden DIY and Gar­den store tri­umphed, with awards for best lo­cal business, best em­ployer and best cus­tomer ser­vice, while St Giles Surgery was voted best com­mu­nity ser­vice and Lit­tle Re­treat beauty spa won best start-up.

Fam­ily business Yalden, in Three House­holds, was started 61 years ago.

Fourth gen­er­a­tion man­ager Matthew Yalden, who says he is most happy with the best cus­tomer ser­vice award, added: “I thought I had a chance but I did not think I would get the votes to win all three of them. I’m gen­uinely sur­prised.”

Yalden’s work­ers in­clude sev­eral young peo­ple who did odd jobs for the shop in their teens and have now re­turned to work there while dur­ing breaks from univer­sity.

Lit­tle Re­treat was set up three years ago yet is still one of the vil­lage’s new­est busi­nesses.

Owner Carly Grif­fin said: “We are re­ally lucky to win it. Our clien­tele comes from Bea­cons­field, Ger­rards Cross and even Eal­ing, but the peo­ple in St Giles are re­ally loyal to the lo­cal busi­nesses.”

BAT4CSG mem­ber Martin Vessey said: “The best lo­cal business was close be­tween The Deli and Yalden, but Yalden ran away with it on best em­ployer, while the best cus­tomer ser­vice was much closer be­tween all three nom­i­nees.

“Lit­tle Re­treat was very suc­cess­ful in gain­ing the most votes in any cat­e­gory and St Giles Surgery ex­tended their lead dur­ing the past two weeks to se­cure an ex­cel­lent win.”

As well as the ac­co­lade, win­ners re­ceived a plaque and free use of a Hol­i­day Inn meet­ing room.

For a full list of win­ners, go to www. get­

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