STANDOUT traders were recognised at an annual town hall celebration event this week.

On Tuesday, September 20, a total of 38 businesses across the borough were commended as part of the Good Traders Awards 2022, with six claiming the top titles.

Each category is judged using feedback from customers from the previous 12 months as part of the borough’s Trading Standards Good Trader scheme.

The six Good Trader of the Year 2022 winners are:

  • Good Trader of the Year, Wigan- Ferris Electrical
  • Good Trader of the Year, Leigh- GJM School of Motoring
  • Highly Commended Trader, Wigan- Standish Property Maintenance
  • Highly Commended Trader, Leigh- Makerfield Roof Solutions
  • Best Newcomer, Wigan- ACE Gas NW Ltd
  • Best Newcomer, Leigh- Blitzed It UK

Family-run GJM School of Motoring Ltd, a driving lesson company, took home the award for Good Trader of the Year in Leigh, after being commended for their work last year.

Leigh Journal: Winners of the Good Trader of the Year, GJM MotoringWinners of the Good Trader of the Year, GJM Motoring (Image: Wigan Council)

Gregor, Callum, and Jenna McGarrie said: “To have won the Good Trader of the Year Award for Leigh, alongside our Certificate of Excellence for the second year running, really is immense.

“It is vital to us that all of our learners and customers have a positive experience, and our family-run business puts that at the forefront of all the services we provide- from driving lessons, to helping people with their theory tests and booking and managing practical tests for over 60 instructors.  

“We were the first driving instruction business to be in the Good Trader Scheme, and we are really proud that we have been recognised at these Awards."

The council's Good Trader Scheme was set up in 2008 to promote companies and individuals who are trusted and respected in their field of work, displaying a commitment to quality and value for money to local people.

The remaining traders who were recognised at the ceremony received a Certificate of Excellence.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, said: “These awards are a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise our local traders who provide excellent services to residents of Wigan Borough.

“We are very proud to have such outstanding traders as part of our scheme which supports local businesses, maintains high standards and helps residents avoid rogue traders.”

You can view the list of the 38 recognised traders on the council's website here.

GJM Motoring Limited can be found at their website here