‘It was great for the team to get the recognition they deserve’

‘It was great for the team to get the recognition they deserve’


As the countdown to the NR 2023 Awards continue, we take a look back to our 2022 winners, who tell us how it felt to win a Neighbourhood Retailer Award and what it means to them, their team and their business.

Gareth Burnside from sponsor Camelot, Denise Ferguson, Ciara Moore and Alastair Connor.

The Community Store of the Year title was won by Lynch’s EUROSPAR Skeoge, with judges describing the store as “very much at the centre of the local community”.

Beating off competition from a host of other well-known and equally popular stores, Lynch’s was praised for its “vast range of products” as well as its “services to delight their customers”.

Conor Lynch said that he was “very proud” to win the award, saying it was a “huge privilege given the standard of finalists”.

“Our community in Skeoge is a huge part of what drives our business, how we provide for our local communities and ensure we have choice, value and locally sourced products on our shelves,” said Conor.

“Fundraising is a huge part of our community engagement, and not only do we support local community groups, but we’re very proud to fundraise for our charity partner, Cancer Fund for Children.”

Judges added that Lynch’s Stores’ support for “local producers, suppliers and charities is outstanding” and noted they “deserve their obvious success”.

Heaping praise on his staff, Conor cited their hard work and dedication as key factors in winning the Community Store of the Year award.

“We were delighted to win Community Store of the Year. It was great for the team to get the recognition they deserve, and they got lots of praise on social media from our customers for winning such a high-profile award,” he added.