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** Gwynne announces 2020 winners of Local Business Awards
To mark Small Business Saturday, Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has announced the winners of his Local Business Awards.
The awards were first presented in 2015 and have since become annual. This year there were over 4,000 nominations for almost 200 local businesses across Audenshaw, Denton, Dukinfield, Reddish and the Heatons.
There is a winner and runner-up for each of the seven council wards that make up the Denton and Reddish constituency.
On Saturday, Gwynne presented awards to each of the prize winners, including the overall winner Tranquility Cosmetics on Ashton Road in Denton.
This is the full list of winners and runners-up:
Winner: Children 4 Most at Squirrels Wood
Runner up: British Local Craft
DENTON NORTH EAST:
Winner: Tranquility Cosmetics
Runner up: Denton Autocare
Winner: Halls High Class Quality Butchers
Runner up: L.E.N. Heating & Plumbing Services
Winner: Fleur De Fillu
Runner up: Rizwan Chemists
Winner: Sweat Shed
Runner up: Knit 2 Tog
Winner: Carrie Burke Tutor Work
Runner up: Grounded In The North
OVERALL WINNER 2020
Andrew Gwynne said:
“With the pandemic and various lockdowns, it’s been an incredibly difficult year for our local businesses, but the incredibly response to this year’s Local Business Awards show just how important our businesses are to the local community.
“Every nominee is a winner because their hard work has been recognised by their customers, but it was fantastic to catch up with the winners and runners up in each ward.
“Congratulations to the overall winner, Tranquility Cosmetics in Denton, and to all the other nominees. There has never been a more important time to shop locally so I’d encourage all constituents to do so where possible.”
** Gwynne joins Google and Parent Zone for virtual assemblies on online safety
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, joined Abingdon Primary School in Reddish and Ravensfield Primary School in Dukinfield, to learn about why it is so important for young people in the area to stay safe and positive online.
The event was hosted by Google on YouTube live to highlight their Be Internet Legends programme.
To help teachers and parents educate children about online safety during the pandemic, Google and Parent Zone are now virtually delivering their educational programme Be Internet Legends which empowers 7 to 11-year-olds to become safer, more confident explorers of the online world.
Since May 2020, Google and Parent Zone have been delivering hundreds of interactive live assemblies for children at home and in school, as well as teacher training workshops, professional roundtables and sessions for parents.
Be Internet Legends is in partnership with family internet safety experts Parent Zone, and it is accredited by the PSHE Association. The programme has reached over a million children across the UK. It consists of five key pillars, which children from Denton and Reddish were taught, to help them learn the essentials of how to stay safe online:
1. Be “internet sharp” – think before you share
2. Be “internet alert” – check it’s for real
3. Be “internet secure” – protect your stuff
4. Be “internet kind” – respect each other
5. Be “internet brave” – when in doubt, discuss
The children were also shown Interland – a free online adventure to make learning about online safety fun and informative. Children find out how to avoid hackers, phishers and bullies and practise the skills they’ve developed from the programme. You can visit Interland at g.co/interland.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“It was a pleasure to take part in the Be Internet Legends assemblies for Abingdon and Ravensfield Primary Schools.
“The Internet is such an important part of everyday life in the 21st century which is why it’s so important to keep children safe online so that they can thrive in the digital age and develop their digital skills.
“Be Internet Legends is a great scheme and I’m very grateful to Google and Parent Zone for the work that they’re doing to equip our children with the skills they need to keep themselves safe online.”
Rosie Luff, Public Policy Manager at Google UK, said:
“We are delighted to virtually visit Abingdon Primary School and Ravensfield Primary School to help teach children about how to Be Internet Legends.
“By getting acquainted with what we believe are the five core areas of online safety, we want to prepare children to have a safe and positive experience online.”
Vicki Shotbolt, founder and CEO of Parent Zone, said:
“Empowering children to be confident online explorers has never been more important.
“We are delighted to work with Google and schools around the UK, supporting communities with essential internet safety messages to help them make the most of the digital world.”
** Celebrating our community
I’ve had a very busy couple of weekends – at least by pandemic standards! First, I held a virtual ceremony for my Citizen’s Awards, which recognise those in my constituency who go above and beyond to help each other. As you can imagine, there were many award winners who were nominated for work that they did during the pandemic – whether that was raising money for the NHS, charities or foodbanks, putting on free online classes, doing shopping for vulnerable people, the list goes on – but there were also many who got awards based on the things, big or small, that they do for their community year in year out.
The following weekend was Small Business Saturday. For the past five years I have run Local Business Awards in the run up to Small Business Saturday and each year they get bigger and bigger. This year, we had over 4,000 nominations for businesses across the Denton and Reddish constituency and I think that this was partly in recognition of the extra support that small local businesses have needed in the context of the pandemic and the lockdown. As we all know, Government support for businesses has been patchy at best and there are some industries and sectors that have faced particular struggles, including hospitality and events.
Every nominee for the Local Business Awards is a winner because their customers have taken the time to put in a nomination to recognise their important to the local community. But the awards also highlight the great diversity of businesses that we have here. Among the winners and runners-up in the Denton, Audenshaw and Dukinfield wards of my constituency we had a cosmetics company (Tranquility in Denton), a nursery (Children 4 Most in Audenshaw), a pizzeria (Domingo’s in Dukinfield), a butchers (Halls in Haughton Green) and a florist (Fleur de Fillu in Dane Bank).
In what has been a fairly miserable year, these two celebrations have been a real highlight for me and have emphasised again what I think we all already know, which is that we have a great community here in Tameside. When times are tough, I’m proud to say that we come together and look out for one another. Well done again to everyone who was nominated for either my Citizen’s Awards or the Local Business Awards!
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Andrew in the constituency
** 🏆 LOCAL BUSINESS AWARDS 🏆
Here are pictures from the presentations of the Local Business Awards:
Well done to all the businesses that were nominated this year!
** 🏆 CITIZEN'S AWARD 🏆
A huge thank you to everyone at the St Mary’s Food Bank in Haughton Green, and to the other local churches and volunteers that help make this organisation tick. You’ve all made a big difference in a difficult year!
This afternoon I dropped in with some food and to visit the volunteers at St Mary’s Food Bank in Haughton Green to say a BIG thank you for all their work this year.
2020 has been a difficult year for so many people and, tragically, the reliance on Food Banks has grown as a consequence. I want to live in a world where we don’t need this type of charity, but while we do, thank heaven’s for those who give their time to make sure families in need are supported, and thank you to those who make donations too.
Please donate to St Mary’s, or to another Food Bank, if you can. Every little donation helps.
Andrew in Parliament
Here are videos of some of my contributions in the House of Commons this week:
📺 WATCH: I had to go to London on Tuesday, so while there it meant I could participate in Parliament in person rather than virtually.
At Justice Questions, I asked the Secretary of State if he will publish the Independent Review into administrative law in full. There’s a concern the right to judicial review will be curtailed. That’s wrong. It’s the way the public can hold government to account for bad decisions ⚖️
📺 WATCH: This week the Government announced a review into gambling, to update the law which is now 15 years old and out of date with the rise of online gambling.
I asked about the Online Harms Bill and the issue of tech firms allowing the promotion of unregulated black market online gambling companies on their platforms.
📺 WATCH: Just before PMQs this week, we had Scotland Questions. As the United Kingdom parliament, any MP can ask questions. I asked how the UK can assist the roll-out of the COVID vaccine across all four nations, especially given the Scottish Government botched the flu vaccine programme this winter. Seems the MoD is ready to assist. 🏴
Andrew in the media
📰 READ: Here are two articles from the Stockport Express this week:
* Reddish small businesses recognised in local awards ([link removed])
* Stockport MPs left 'shocked' and 'staggered' at report into Greater Manchester Police failings ([link removed])
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