The Belfry Restaurant and Hotel in Yarcombe, Devon has made the finals of a national competition to find Britain’s friendliest business.
Run by husband and wife team Neil and Sarah Jane Martin, the business beat off competition to become one of 20 finalists in the award sponsored by Liberis, one of the UK’s largest providers of small business funding.
If it wins, The Belfry will be crowned ‘Britain’s Friendliest Business’ and its owners will receive a cash award of £10,000.
Liberis CEO Paul Mildenstein said: “We’ve been bowled over by the quality of entries and the obvious passion and devotion that Britain’s small businesses give to make sure their customers get the very best service. They should all be celebrated, but The Belfry really stood out”.
The company impressed judges with its strong entry making the case as to why it should win the award. The Belfry sources as much food as possible from local suppliers in the South West, supporting local businesses and hosts regular events for locals as well as guests including weekly coffee mornings and a monthly ‘Knit and Natter’ group.
The judges particularly liked the company’s customer ethos: “ We provide a friendly welcome whether it is local guests here for dinner or those here for several nights – every single one is important to us. It is wonderful to provide a place for our locals to visit and catch up with each other over coffee or a meal”.
Each finalist now has to get as many Facebook Likes as possible as part of the final stage of the competition. The number of Likes received will be considered by the judges when they make their final decision on the winner.
The public may support the businesses on Twitter @LiberisUK using the hashtag #BFBiz and on Facebook.
The winner and two runners up of Britain’s Friendliest Business competition will be announced at the end of February.