Taking a pride in Exmouth market

PUBLISHED: 02:01 23 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 June 2010

A BUSINESSMAN has won the first Pride of Exmouth award for his business which has been labelled a central part of the community". The Exmouth Tidy Group, in partnership with the town management team, presented the framed certificate to Jerry Miller, owne

A BUSINESSMAN has won the first Pride of Exmouth award for his business which has been labelled "a central part of the community".The Exmouth Tidy Group, in partnership with the town management team, presented the framed certificate to Jerry Miller, owner of the Exmouth Indoor Market, because of "the exemplary way he runs the market".The mayor, Councillor Joy Whipps, also presented the award to one of Jerry's oldest employees, Maurice Widdicombe, who has been caretaker of the building for 16 years.The award is meant to highlight those shops and businesses within the town that 'go that extra mile' in the care and attention they provide to the locality and physical environment of their individual businesses. Jerry, who has been running the market for 13 years, said: "We are delighted and very pleased and proud of the award for this building. I had no idea there was a judgement going on. We like to think we are very community-minded."The market was set up in July 1980 by Jerry's father, who had the idea to transform a garage into a community market. The future is bright for Jerry, who wants to expand into local food and produce and support local farmers and the community.Peter Riggs, at Light and Shade, in Imperial Road, was also commended for his high quality, attractive and tidy shop front, and Ed Cattanach, at Belvedere Furnishings, for his pressure hosing to clean the pavements outside his shops.Exmouth Tidy Group wishes to highlight and reward the efforts of those who promote best practice for the upkeep, look and feel of the town and will present the award three times a year.

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