Four years on from the opening, and with The Courtyard already well-established, Ann scooped the pool at the last ever Newark Retail Awards held in June 2008 at Kelham Hall on the outskirts of Newark. This followed her earlier successes in 2005 for Best New Business and in 2006 for Investors in People.
These prestigious awards, conceived and organised by the Newark Advertiser in tandem with the Newark Town Partnership, attracted record numbers of nominations from both businesses and the general public. Melvyn Prior of BBC Radio Lincoln compered the evening with his customary élan whilst the former snooker maestro, Dennis Taylor, entertained the audience of over 300 with amusing tales from the green baize.
Ann said on the night, “ I was completely stunned but delighted for all our staff who have worked so hard to make this possible. It has been extremely hard work and a very steep learning curve but we are delighted with progress to date.. The courtyard is a perfect place for a drink in the summer – you could be relaxing anywhere in the world.”