Find out who is the 'Most Loved' business in Guernsey, as well as the 'Most Loved' in their categories nationally.
The first two weeks of February saw islanders really getting behind thebestof's Local & Loved Awards which seek to find the 'Most Loved' businesses both locally and nationally by asking the public which businesses they love and why. Over 4000 new reviews were posted for local businesses on thebestof Guernsey website during the two week long campaign.
BLUCHIP VEHICLE IMPORTS has been voted 'Most Loved' Business in Guernsey and 'Most Loved' Car Dealer in the British Isles, after receiving 747 reviews from happy customers with recommendations including praise for their 'professionalism and high standards of courtesy', 'personal and welcoming after sales care' and 'prompt, efficient and reliable service'.
'The whole of the Bluchip Team are ecstatic to have won the 'Most Loved Business in Guernsey' and 'Most Loved Car Dealer in the British Isles' in the 2014 awards. A lot of our votes have come from our service centre customers this year and with this win we are hoping to move into bigger and better premises, to really expand this side of our business. Bluchip has grown so quickly over the past few years and we really appreciate all the support our customers have given us in the past. To win such a prestigious award that has been voted for by the people that matter, our customers, makes all the long hours we put in so worthwhile.'
Bluchip Vehicle Imports co-founders, Jamie Lowe & Sally Wakeford.
It's been a phenomenal campaign for Guernsey with 4102 reviews submitted during the two week period - nearly twice as many as last year! 12 local businesses have achieved the status of 'Most Loved' in their category in the British Isles, 42 businesses have placed in the top five for their categories nationally and six local businesses have placed in the 'Top 100 'Most Loved' businesses in the British Isles - a truly great achievement.
Another local business which performed exceptionally well, securing 657 reviews and placing first nationally in the category of 'Healthcare Services' and in the top 15 of all businesses nationwide is Healthcare Group.
Practice Manager, Lynne McLagan said, 'We are absolutely delighted to have been recognised by our patients as the 'Most Loved' Healthcare Service, let alone being in the top 15 businesses in the UK! The most important part of this for us was to receive so many wonderful comments from our patients. Our doctors and staff work very hard to provide an excellent service and to have this recognition confirms that we are achieving that standard for many of our patients. I’d like to thank all those patients who took the time to respond, we really do appreciate such amazing feedback.'
thebestof Guernsey would like to congratulate all businesses who have worked so hard, not just during the two weeks of the campaign, but all year round. Most have regularly encouraged customers and clients to leave honest feedback and quality reviews about the services and products they provide. The accolade of placing in the Local & Loved Awards therefore has real value because the title is awarded by the people that use the businesses.
Top 10 Most Loved Businesses in Guernsey voted by local people:
1. Bluchip Vehicle Imports
2. Healthcare Group
3. Trim Dog Pet Centre
4. The Beauty Box
5. Bella Spa
6. Debbie Duport's Dancing
8. JR Photography
10. Herm White House Hotel
Top 100 Most Loved Businesses in British Isles:
12th - Bluchip Vehicle Imports
15th - Healthcare Group
81st - Trim Dog Pet Centre
84th - The Beauty Box
90th - Bella Spa
98th - Debbie Duport's Dancing
Top 5 Most Loved Businesses in Category in British Isles:
1st - A+ Accounting - Accountants
1st - ABT - Conveyancing
1st - Bluchip Vehicle Imports - Car Dealers
1st - Body & Sole - Lingerie
1st - Debbie Duport's Dancing - Dance Schools & Classes
1st - Healthcare Group - Healthcare Services
1st - JR Photography - Photographers
1st - PTR - Power Tool Repairs
1st - Stone Tech - Kitchen Worktops
1st - S.W.A.T.S. - Drama Tuition
1st - Trim Dog Pet Centre - Pet Shops & Pet Supplies
1st - Vision Networks - CCTV
2nd - Bonboniera - Balloon Specialists
2nd - Cockadoodle - Lingerie
2nd - Falla Ingrouille - Finance Brokers & Loans
2nd - Herm White House Hotel - Hotels
2nd - In Any Event - Wedding Planning
2nd - Pro Clean Mobile Valeting - Valeting
3rd - Close Finance - Finance Brokers & Loans
3rd - Gsy Oven & Carpet Cleaning - Oven & Carpet Cleaners
3rd - Property Link - Estate Agents
3rd - Q-Sky - Mobile Discos & DJs
3rd - Relocations - Removals
3rd - Storm Force Fitness - Heath & Fitness Clubs
3rd - Tapenade - Delicatessens
4th - Berries Bakery - Cakes
4th - Focus HR - HR Consultants
4th - Forest Road Garage - Car Dealers
4th - Holistic Guernsey - Alternative Health
4th - Itchyfeet - Recruitment Agencies
4th - Karen Dempsey Dance - Dance Schools & Classes
4th - The Beauty Box - Beauty Salons
5th - AB Design - Web Design
5th - Absolutely Fabulous - Cleaners
5th - Academy of Dance - Dance Schools & Classes
5th - Bella Spa - Beauty Salons
5th - Best Friends - Pet Shops & Pet Supplies
5th - Cranfords Estate Agents - Letting Agents
5th - Datum Ltd - Plumbers
5th - Freedom Surf Shop - Clothes Shops
5th - Sarnia Mutual - Finance Brokers & Loans
5th - The Learning Company - Training & Development
Congratulations all businesses that took part and thank you to all the local supporters who took the time out to 'show some love' by providing reviews for great local businesses.
And well done to our lucky local reviewer, SOPHIE HOOK, picked at random to WIN £250 to spend with any business featured on thebestof Guernsey having provided Freedom Surf Shop with the following review during the campaign:
'We always enjoy going to Freedom, great personal service, lots of choice and we always spend ages there. A nice relaxed vibe, great to browse as well as shop. Friendly staff and Pete's very helpful.'
Finally please remember, just because the Local and Loved campaign is over, please do continue to support Guernsey's business community and keep letting those which deserve it know that their hard work and excellent standards of service are appreciated. You can post a review or recommend a business on thebestof Guernsey all year round.