I am once again running a Small Business Awards competition to celebrate the best of the Borders in the run up to Christmas.
Over the festive period, it’s vital that we all support local businesses as much as possible. Every pound spent locally helps to support jobs and grow our economy.
Our communities are blessed with so many great local shops, services, cafes, and enterprises of all kinds.
I would urge everyone to nominate their favourite small business so we can recognise their brilliant service and give them a little more support.
Anyone can nominate a small business here: https://www.johnlamont.org/small-business-awards-2023.
Nominations will close on 29 November and the winners will be announced around Small Business Saturday in early December.
Last year’s Small Business Awards contest attracted more than 600 nominations for a host of small businesses across the Scottish Borders.
After the huge volume of entries from voters, I announced six winners who received awards - WK Hair Design & Beauty in Galashiels, Gordon Arms Bar & Cafe in Gordon, KD Fit in Kelso, R&L Taxis in Selkirk, the Ancrum Pantry in Ancrum, and Think Fitness 4 Less in Hawick.