Groomed for great things

Stacey Neason with her Best Motherwell Business award
Stacey Neason with her Best Motherwell Business award

A former worker at Kwik Fit Insurance Services in Tannochside has rebounded from its closure to open her own award-winning business.

Stacey Neason from Wishaw, worked at Kwik Fit for six years is customer services and quality assurances.

It was devastating blow to more than 500 workers when it closed last spring, but Stacey saw it as an opportunity to follow her passion of working with animals.

Last July she opened Fluffy Paws Grooming in Brandon Street, Motherwell, and just eight months on has been named Best Motherwell Business at the first Lanarkshire Retail Business Awards held in Glasgow.

It was no easy task to win the award as after nominations were made online the businesses received a mystery shopper visit and then underwent an interview with the judges before a public vote decided the winners.

Stacey said: “I had been a hairdresser before working at Kwik Fit, but I decided when it closed that maybe I’d become a dog hairdresser.

“I went on a course in Greenock and then I set about setting up a shop, I have two dogs of my own so they received plenty of grooming in order to let me practice.

“I only opened last July and the business has been going from strength to strength, I love my work although I have learned to be careful as my old human clients didn’t tend to bite when they got their hair done.

“To have now to have won an award like this within the first year is amazing, but proves my decision to try something new was more than justified.

“I had absolutely no idea I’d been nominated or that I’d been visited by mystery shoppers, the first I really knew was when they came to interview me.

“It’s just all so unexpected, but in the most pleasant of ways, and I have to thank all my customers for their support as I got my business up and running and this has given me an extra push to make it a real success story.”

Meanwhile, two Motherwell businesses received awards at the sixth Scottish Wedding Awards which took place in Glasgow.

The awards ceremony celebrated the high standard of work and commitment of those in the Scottish wedding industry .

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Taylor Wimpey have confirmed directly with local Councillor Nathan Wilson that the organisation retains its commitment to building a park and ride at Shieldmuir Train Station. In response to recent enquiries made by Councillor Wilson, Taylor Wimpey have advised that engagement is taking place with Network Rail over the latter’s approval procedures and that once this process is complete, work will be able to begin on site. The developer has informed the Motherwell Councillor that during the period of investigation undertaken since the commencement of building work was delayed in January 2018, an unrecorded service chamber has been discovered on site. The project cannot move forward until further clarification is provided on the nature of the service chamber and Taylor Wimpey are in the process of commissioning a contractor to assess the situation. The developer’s initial judgement is that this is likely a redundant service. A senior representative of the organisation has also informed Councillor Wilson that a member of the Taylor Wimpey production team will be sent out to inspect the vacant land following a request he made at the beginning of 2019 for maintenance work to be carried out on site should construction of the park and ride remain some time away. Councillor Nathan Wilson said: “Taylor Wimpey have communicated to me directly that the park and ride facility is a project that the organisation remains committed to delivering. “However, it goes without saying that the lengthy delay is still very disappointing and frustrating. “An unrecorded service chamber has been identified on site and progress is unable to be made until this has been investigated. “Taylor Wimpey have relayed to me that an on-site inspection of the vacant land will take place and I hold to the view that maintenance work should be carried out in the short term to improve it’s current condition. “I will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders and re-inforce to them the importance of the park and ride project locally. Motherwell and Wishaw CAB takes home 40 per cent of the prizes

View Photography was named Photographer of the Year fro the South West region, while Susan Dick Jewellery & Bridal Accessories was named Wedding Accessories Provider of the Year.