SIX Northwich businesses have been celebrating after receiving prizes for their entries into an ‘In Bloom’ competition.

In August, Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) laid down a challenge to retailers to become the ‘Best Dressed Business’ or ‘Best Dressed Pub’ in conjunction with the town’s bid to triumph at the North West in Bloom Awards.

And entrants embraced their inner creativity as they decorated windows, gardens, bars, shop fronts and shopping areas to wow customers and visitors.

Voting took place on the Visit Northwich Facebook page, where hundreds had their say on the final winners.

In a close contest, Bella Boutique was named the Best Dressed Business and The Salty Dog scooped top prize for the Best Dressed Pub.

Both received a bottle of champagne and trophy for being crowned champions and the two runners up in each competition, CRS Consultants, Crafty Stitches, Stateside Bar & Kitchen and Baron’s Lounge, also received a trophy.

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Bella Boutique

Stephanie Leese, business team co-ordinator at Northwich BID, handed out the awards and praised all businesses that took part.

She also enjoyed seeing yet more community spirit and camaraderie between business owners during the competition.

“Northwich BID would like to congratulate Bella Boutique and The Salty Dog for coming out on top in the two competitions,” she said.

“Every business that entered deserves credit too for their creativity, ingenuity and ability to think outside the box.

“Northwich was full of extra colour thanks to them and their designs definitely added an eye-catching element to our streets.

“It was also great to see the levels of co-operation and teamwork between different businesses and it is a real plus point across the whole town centre that they all have such a good working relationship.”

The two competitions make up just one element of Northwich’s North West in Bloom entry, which also includes initiatives such as community litter picks, planting projects and street cleansing.

Northwich must now wait until late autumn for the results at an official ceremony.