Shellfish Company and Bella B win Rotary awards

On behalf of Berwick Shellfish Company, chairman Graham Flannigan and his wife and co-director Catherine receive Berwick Rotary Club's large business of the year" award from Berwick Rotary Club president Ken Budge.
On behalf of Berwick Shellfish Company, chairman Graham Flannigan and his wife and co-director Catherine receive Berwick Rotary Club's large business of the year" award from Berwick Rotary Club president Ken Budge.

Two companies which have achieved success through hard work and dedication have received awards from Berwick Rotary Club.

The large business of the year prize has gone to Berwick Shellfish Company, and the small business of the year award to Bella B.

Bella B fashion shop mother and daughter  Joyce Patterson and Tracy Johnson receive Berwick Rotary Club's small business of the year award from Rotary Club president Ken Budge.

Bella B fashion shop mother and daughter Joyce Patterson and Tracy Johnson receive Berwick Rotary Club's small business of the year award from Rotary Club president Ken Budge.

Rotary president Ken Budge explained at the awards ceremony how Berwick Shellfish Company had grown over three generations to become an important firm at local, 
regional and international level.

“The family’s dedication and investment has often been unacknowledged, but skill, drive and physical effort has enabled it to grow in challenging times,” he said.

“The firm has a product which can be found locally and on the menu of world-
renowned restaurants.”

Berwick Shellfish Company’s prize was accepted by company chairman Graham Flannigan and his wife and 
co-director Catherine.

Mr Flannigan said: “We are a comparatively small business doing our very best and working very hard to bring in business to the town.”

Located on Hide Hill in Berwick, Bella B sells ladies clothes for weddings and events and is succeeding in a competitive environment.

Run by mother and daughter Tracy Johnson and Joyce 
Patterson, who collected their prize from Mr Budge, Bella B is bucking the trend by thriving in the town centre.

“Tracy and her mother are in a notoriously difficult industry and few succeed to their level,” said Mr Budge.

“They supply outfits to brides and their mothers and very few succeed to their level.

“Trade that would have left Berwick for Newcastle, Edinburgh or elsewhere is now staying in the town. Bella B employ staff from the local area, and is a real success story.”

Mr Budge added: “Like many small towns, Berwick has a tendency to ignore home-grown businesses, but that is wrong. Our local businesses should be acknowledged and applauded.”