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Customers urged to nominate outstanding staff at local butchers

By Kirsty Brown

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Customers across Scotland are being asked to nominate staff at their local butchers for a special industry award.

The annual Scottish Craft Butchers Extra Mile Award will be presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to support customers, colleagues and the business during the challenges of the past year.

Nominations are already pouring in from customers and employers, highlighting the exceptional butchers and counter staff whose commitment, kindness, professionalism and enthusiasm have helped ensure the butcher shop remains at the forefront of the shop local experience.

Executive manager of Scottish Craft Butchers, which stages the Extra Mile recognition as part of its annual training awards, Gordon King said it was a particularly coveted prize as it was voted for by the public.

He said: "This is a chance for the public to recognise and reward someone at their local butchers shop who stands out from the crowd.

"Someone who has shown exceptional commitment to the trade, support to the customers or enthusiasm for the job.

"We want to hear stories from people about their nominee and why they should win the award.

"This is the public's chance to say 'thank you' to an industry that has never missed a beat throughout the entire coronavirus crisis and single out the exceptional individuals who have safeguarded supplies and service - often going that extra mile - for their customers.

"It's important that we let them know just how much they are appreciated and the customers are the best people to do exactly that.

"The Extra Mile Award allows customers and colleagues to turn the spotlight on their local butchers shop and someone who goes above and beyond what is expected of them.

"Independent local butchers are particularly good at customer service but if someone at the shop stands out for something they've done for you - we want to hear from you."

Commenting Gordon Newlands of sponsors the Scotch Butchers Club said: "Scotch Butchers Club is delighted to sponsor the Scottish Craft Butchers 'Extra Mile Award'.

"Training is the foundation of our great Industry.

Well trained staff not only offer advice, support and great service, they also put their customers at the heart of everything they do.

"QMS/Scotch Butchers club and Scottish Craft Butchers are working closer together to support and promote butchers in Scotland."

Customers are asked to go online to www.craftbutchers.co.uk and detail - in more than 100 words - why they are making the nomination.

Forms can also be downloaded, completed and posted to Claire Simpson, Scottish Craft Butchers, 8/10 Needless Road, Perth PH2 0JW.

The selected winner will receive a £100 prize and the person who nominated them will secure a £100 voucher to spend in the butchers shop.

Nominations close on Friday, October 29.

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