Friday, 11 January 2008

The Best of Shrewsbury Award (press release)

Printed in The Shropshire Star 10/01/08

"A Shrewsbury hair salon and coffee shop has won the first ever local business award organised by business and community website thebestof shrewsbury.

Winners of the ‘Best Health and Beauty Business’ award, as voted for by their customers through thebestof shrewsbury website, is K2 The Salon. Established in 2005 and located in the Darwin Centre their entry, which has been on thebestof shrewsbury for just over a year, has created a number of new clients.

Commenting on the award and the success of their thebestof entry, Jo Stephens director and salon manager at K2 The Salon, said: “Not only have we generated regular new customers to the salon but also people from outside the area who are visiting friends and relatives in Shrewsbury or looking to have their hair styled for a local wedding. With links from thebestof, we have recently launched our own website at where customers can book appointments online.”

Each business has a dedicated web page including up to 400 words of text, photographs and full contact details, with links to their own website and email address on the In addition, the site also provides a variety of free information covering local news, weather, events, education, essential services, arts and culture.

Andy Rao, director at thebestof shrewsbury said: “We launched the awards scheme with the aim of providing an opportunity for local businesses to increase their company profile and exposure in and around the area. Each month there will be a specific category for which they may be nominated. K2 The Salon is certainly one of the most popular; they received 61% of the votes which is a great achievement for the Jo and her team.”

He continued: “Voting has already started for the ‘Best Legal and Finance Business’ award and the winner will be announced in February. Over the next 12 months we will see awards for ‘Best Tradesman,’ Best Family Owned Business,’ as well as a number of others.”

Picture (left to right): Andy Rao, director thebestof shrewsbury presenting ‘Best Health and Beauty Business’ award to Jo Stephens, director and salon manager, K2 The Salon." Shropshire Star

About thebestof

  • is a national network of local websites, run by local people, that champion the best businesses in their area

  • thebestof are one of the UK’s top 100 most popular sites* as ranked by independent web traffic monitor and have been since April 2006. (*September 2007)

  • thebestof has established widespread coverage in virtually all the major centres in the UK. From Aberdeen in the north, to Plymouth in the south, from Llandudno in the west and Norwich in the East – and pretty much everywhere in between

  • Based in Solihull, thebestof is the brainchild of Nigel and Sue Botterill. It was set up over 2 years ago and now has well over 350 franchisees featuring over 65,000 businesses between them.

  • It is the fastest growing UK franchise – ever! And was ranked 3rd in this year’s Tech Track 100

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