Tracy Newnes is celebrating after her Business won the “Best Independent shop in Bury South” award.
It was even announced in the House of Commons by MP Christian Wakeford in October where he informed the house about the competition which had attracted almost 3000 votes. There was a number of other local businesses; Radcliffe – Ainsworth Road Butchers, Whitefield – Slattery Pâtissier & Chocolatiers and Prestwich – Village Greens, being declared as Runners up. Announcing the winner, Christian said: “Levelling up must mean regenerating our high streets and town centres and independent shops are at the heart of this. I want to congratulate The Only Way is Melts by Tracy for winning this year’s Independent Shop Competition.
“Independent shop owners play a vital role in helping keep our towns and villages vibrant places to live and creating jobs. I will be running this competition annually to thank them for their brilliant contribution to our local economy and communities.”
The only way is melts by Tracy’s Melts was started quite by accident. Tracy told Your Local Bury, “I actually started making candles one Christmas just as presents for my friends and family. After being asked for them from other people I started making them from my kitchen table. After a year I knew I had to get premises, just to be able to cope with the demand and moved to my current location here on Bradley Fold Trading Estate. The business has just grown within the last 5 years and recently I have created a website to offer online sales for new and returning customers. I’m so delighted to win this award and the accolade of being shortlisted with established firms. I’m just on top of the world!”