Rotary club presents its business awards
The success of local businesses was recognised at Berwick Rotary Club's annual awards ceremony last week.
Greaves West and Ayre (GWA), the chartered accountants, won the large business of the year award.
Established in 1919, the company has worked through the Depression of the 1920s and 30s, a world war and the Cold War crises and the more recent financial crash of 2008 to be in a position where it is now just shy of reaching its centenary.
Berwick Rotary Club president Peter Walton, said: “The firm now has 12 partners and over 100 employees – and is now possibly the largest single private employer in the town.
“This year theyhave demonstrated, in a very concrete manner, their support and commitment to the town when they moved into new premises in Walkergate.
“This may have been seen as a controversial move in some areas, however, I would suggest we may ask what would we have said to another incoming firm had they wanted to invest the sums of money that GWA have invested?
“We now have a firm that has moved into a brand new building and thereby regenerating an area that had become a local eyesore.
“GWA has continually provided almost 100 years of dedicated, loyal and steadfast support and commitment to not only the town and people of Berwick but to a far wider reaching audience and client base around the UK.
“A company that can be proud of its long and trusted association with the local community and the invaluable assistance it provides to organisations and charities that people hold dear to their heart and feel passionate about.”
Bear ClawBrewery in Spittal, run by Ricky Graham and his team, won the small business of the year award.
The citation was read by club secretary Simon Landels who said the now well-established firm was created in 2014 and now makes beers, ales, porters and stouts which are being sold in Berwick and district and increasingly further afield. They have a big following and brew regularly, guests were told.
The Jubilee Trophy was presented to local residents Bernard and Margaret Shaw in recognition of their involvement in bringing a number of ideas and projects to fruition.
These include gaining international Cittaslow status accreditation for the town; helping to initiate the restoration of Castle Vale and Coronation Park through their association with CARA (Castlegate Area Residents Association); establishing the Berwick in Bloom initiative; initiating the Stephenson 150 Project; establishing Mouth of the Tweed, the local food producers’ group; registering Berwick with the European Walled Towns Association; and being a major part of Rotary’s Christmas market.
“As a town, we are much indebted to Margaret and Bernard for their years of dedicated service to the community and it is for this reason Berwick Rotary are awarding them the Jubilee Trophy,” saidMr Walton.
Bernard and Margaret gratefully accepted their award and thanked the many people that work alongside and assist himself and Margaret.
He also expressed his gratitude to Berwick Town Council for all their assistance over the years with their many projects. Without this help a lot of the projects could not have have been completed.