Ashbourne News Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­field@ash­bourne­new­stele­

AN Ash­bourne florist has set out to high­light the best cus­tomer ser­vice in Ash­bourne, by re­ward­ing busi­nesses which go the ex­tra mile for their cus­tomers.

Sheila Haswell, at St John Street­based Free­dom Flow­ers, has been invit­ing cus­tomers to nom­i­nate shops and other ser­vice providers in the town to re­ceive a bou­quet of flow­ers as a re­ward for the good ser­vice they pro­vide. Sheila hopes to gather up a short­list of 13 top firms which will go ahead for the chance to be voted “best of the bunch”, with the win­ner set to be an­nounced dur­ing Late Night Shop­ping on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7.

Six busi­nesses in the town have so far been pre­sented with a bunch of flow­ers – Chic; Mark’s Butch­ers; Im­promptu Café; Kay & Co; Ash­bourne Sec­re­tar­ial Ser­vices and Dorothy Perkins - and nom­i­na­tions are open for the next award on the Free­dom Flow­ers Face­book page. Sheila said: “It has been a huge plea­sure to take the flow­ers and tell peo­ple in per­son that they are ap­pre­ci­ated. We seem to have lost the art of do­ing that.

“The re­cip­i­ents have all said it has ab­so­lutely made their day and makes them feel all the hard work is worth­while.

“Of course we would like it if peo­ple sent thank you flow­ers, but just telling some­one they’re do­ing a great job is re­ally im­por­tant too.

“Lots of lovely com­ments came in about busi­nesses in the town who go the ex­tra mile to help their cus­tomers.

“It has made us re­alise how lucky we are to live in a town where so many lo­cal busi­nesses are so well re­garded.”

Nom­i­na­tions can be made either on Face­book, or in per­son at the store.

Once the 13 busi­nesses have been short­listed, a week-long poll will open on Face­book and the over­all win­ning busi­ness will re­ceive a Christ­mas ham­per to share with their staff, as well as a bunch of flow­ers ev­ery month for the next year to give to a de­serv­ing cus­tomer in need of cheer­ing up.

Jane Snell of Cafe Im­promptu

Aman oope col­lects ower fouren im an Em Creswick Chic

Marie Ba­con and Sharon Parker of at Kay & Co. Left, Doroth Perkins man­ager Michelle Wil­son with Gemma Whiel­don-Har­ris

At Marks butch­ers Danny Mur­phy, Kate Harper, Joanna Hodgkin­son and Ryan Mur­phy

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