Winners Announced for WIRE Awards 2018!


Wire Awards 2018

The winners have been announced for the city’s 2nd annual Wolverhampton Independent Retail Excellence (WIRE) Awards.

Twenty-seven businesses had been shortlisted after the awards received 240 entries across nine categories.

Among the finalists were, six cafes/eateries, four gifts/crafts/toys outlets, four hair and beauty salons, two hotels, two entertainment venues, two fashion outlets, four butchers/bakeries, one florist, one furniture business and one pub.

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader, Councillor Roger Lawrence, said: “The judges had been overwhelmed by the number and the standard of entries received this year.

“It highlights the amazing diversity and quality of retail business in the area and how important it is that we celebrate and reward their success.”

Shortlisted businesses also had the chance to win an additional honour, as they will be automatically entered into a public vote for the ‘Signal 107 People’s Favourite Business’. The award came with a fantastic prize of a month-long promotional campaign on Signal 107.

People who registered a vote were also in with a chance of winning one of a number of special prizes donated by local businesses.

John Henn, Chair of Wolverhampton BID, added: “This is the public’s chance to recognise the diverse and skilled Independent retailers we have in this great city of ours”.

Dicky Dodd, Signal 107 Breakfast Presenter, said: “Signal 107 are delighted to be supporting the WIRE Awards and sponsoring one of the awards which the public vote for. We urge everyone to vote, just go to our website www.signal107.co.uk and vote for your favourite retailer.”

The awards were led by Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the city council; it also supported the charity, Promise Dreams, on the night.

If you were there on the night and haven’t seen the photos then click here

Sponsors include Mander Centre, Signal 107, NCP, Casino 36, City of Wolverhampton College, BCRS Business Loans, Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa, Midland Metro Alliance, MRS Communications, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Corporate Wolves and Venue Catering Partner.

The Shortlisted for this year’s WIRE Awards were:

Community Contributor of the Year: Sponsored by BCRS Business Loans

  • Light House Media Centre, Fryer Street – WINNER!
  • Love n Peas Café, Gatis Street
  • Party Angels, Cannock Road
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield St

Excellence in Customer Service: Sponsored by NCP

  • Blooms Menswear, Darlington Street – WINNER!
  • K Teas Cakes, St George’s Parade
  • Party Angels, Cannock Road
  • Zaks Hairdressing, School Street

Independent Employer of the Year: Sponsored by City of Wolverhampton Council

  • Baked in Tettenhall, Upper Green, Tettenhall
  • Blooms Menswear, Darlington Street
  • Root 66 Hair Care, Hall Street, Bilston – WINNER!
  • Wild Bytes Café & Lounge, Darlington Street

Employee of the Year: Sponsored by Ramada Park Hall Hotel & Spa

  • Nutmeg, Farmers Fold – Shaideen Malcolm
  • The Springhill Public House, Warstones Road – Kylie Freeman
  • Vaal & Vaal, Clifton House, Chapel Ash – Luke Russell – WINNER!
  • Wild Bytes Café & Lounge, Darlington Street – Samantha Richardson

Excellence in Team Development: Sponsored by Midland Metro Alliance

  • Gorgeous Hair & Beauty, Dudley Road
  • Poxons Butchers, Windmill Lane
  • Wild Byte’s Café & Lounge, Darlington Street
  • Zaks Hairdressing, School Street – WINNER!

Best Presented Premises: Sponsored by Casino 36

  • K-Tea’s Tearoom & Cakes, Collingwood Road
  • Nutmeg, Farmers Fold – WINNER!
  • Robinsons Bakery, Trysull Road
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street
  • Zuri Coffee, Lichfield Street

Hospitality and Leisure Business of the Year: Sponsored by City of Wolverhampton College

  • A Park View Hotel, Park Road West
  • The Mount Hotel, Mount Road
  • The Springhill Public House, Warstones Road
  • Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Lichfield Street – WINNER!

Best Dressed Retail Store: Sponsored by Wolverhampton BID (Business Improvement District)

  • Betty Blakes Toy Emporium, Windsor Avenue
  • Crafty Happenings, Windsor Avenue
  • Diffusion, Lichfield Street – WINNER!
  • Flowers in the City, Queen Street
  • Room by Room, Merridale Road

Independent Retailer of the Year: Sponsored by Mander Centre

  • Betty Blakes Toy Emporium, Windsor Avenue
  • Blooms Menswear, Darlington Street – WINNER!
  • Robinsons Butchers & Deli, High Street, Tettenhall
  • Shop in the Square, Queen Square
  • The Springhill Public House, Warstones Road
  • Zaks Hairdressing, School Street

The Peoples Favourite business 2019: Sponsored by Signal 107

  • Robinson’s Bakery, Trysull Road – WINNER!