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Restaurant rises from ashes to be named Chippenham Business of the Year

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Chippenham BID Business Awards winnersChippenham BID Business Awards winnersA restaurant that was devastated by a blaze just a year after it first opened has gone on to win the title of Chippenham Business of the Year.

At a ceremony hosted by Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum on Thursday (February 22) The Garden café, bar and grill won the title of Hotel, Restaurant or Café of the Year before taking the top honour at the 2018 Chippenham BID Business Awards.

Organisers said he determination to provide the highest standards and friendliest service by John Paine and his team alongside fantastic feedback from customers of The Garden combined to create an outstanding competition entry.

Owner John Paine said: "So happy to receive these accolades at the Chippenham business awards last night. I just want to say a big thank you to all of the staff at The Garden for making the business such a success and especially to Marge, Phil, Jay and Gemma who have been on the rollercoaster with me since before the fire.”

It was on just after midnight on February 28 2016 that fire crews were called to The Garden at The Bridge due to an electrical fault. The business was closed for almost a year before reopening to the public in February 2017.

The presentation at the Neeld Community and Arts Centre saw a total of 10 category prizes awarded.

Kitchen fitters J. Sheppard and Son Ltd won the title of Independent Business of the Year with property agent Huw Thomas Commercial being named Small Business of the Year.

John Paine picks up his awardJohn Paine picks up his awardThe prize for Professional Services Provider of the Year went to Goughs Solicitors while City Dressing was named Creative or Technology Business of the Year.

The Customer Service Award went to Bewley & Merrett Funeral Directors, and Maria Christina Bridal Boutique was named Start-Up Business of the Year.

Ben Lisseman of Digiprint was named Apprentice of the Year, and Cheryl Klukowski Stevenson of Taste of the Caribbean and Chocolate Blonde was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

A Lifetime Achievement Award went to Rotarian and renewable energy entrepreneur Rick Squires.

Tom Paget of Awdry Bailey & Douglas said, “We would like to say well done to all of the finalists this year who were all worthy of an award but we must of course congratulate the winners and in particular The Garden as deserving winners of Chippenham Business of the Year.

"We had a fantastic evening celebrating with everyone there and would like to thank Chippenham BID for putting on such a great event which we are proud to support.”

Kathryn Crosweller of Chippenham BID said, “The Chippenham Business Awards offer local businesses the opportunity to reflect on their achievements and be recognised in the community for the hard work they put into their companies.

"It was wonderful to work with such a wide range of sponsors on this event and to be able to celebrate with the winners. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”