AS the year comes to an end we look back at some of the most memorable recipients of The Mail’s Trader of the Week award.

Since it’s inception in April of this year, the weekly award celebrates local business owners that go the extra mile for their customers.

The proud winners of The Mail’s first ever Trader of the Week went to Norman and Susan Rhodes of N & S Rhodes Quality Butchers, who have been going strong since 1987 - an amazing 32 years.

They opened their first butchers in 1987, the same year that their son was born.

Norman said: “It’s all about our customers and over the years we have had many loyal and wonderful customers supporting us.

It was their long-standing dedication and devotion that saw them awarded Trader of the Week.

The next trader on this list is Mobility Solutions in Barrow Market who won the award on July 1 and celebrated its tenth anniversary at the same time.

Owner Paul Holden has been praised for the business’ personalised service, mobility aids and equipment which assists Barrow’s elderly and mixed-ability population.

Mr Holden said: “Any recognition is always greatly appreciated so thank you for thinking of the shop.

“I’ve been in the mobility scooter trade for a few years now and have been running this market stall for 10 years.

“Starting my business in 2009 wasn’t too difficult as I already had a good rapport with customers.

“More than anything though, I feel the shop understands its customer base because I’m disabled myself.

“Since 14 years old I’ve had encephalitis.

“It’s been a struggle, but I think it’s helped me understand my customers better than a fully able-bodied person.

The last Trader of the Week award winner is the eco-friendly business Pastures New Healthfoods who won the award on July 15.

The family-run company has been established since April 1984 and is known as a forerunner in the vegetarian food trade.

Opened by Richard and Jill Holmes, 70, 35 years ago, Pastures New started life out as a whole-food veggie cafe on Scott Street.

Since winning the award they have closed then reopened under the name Pastures Pantry with the same ethos in mind.

Shop founders’ daughter, Lucy Holmes, 40, said: “We’re delighted to have even been recognised, so to win is great.

“Working as a family, we’re very proud to provide Barrow’s public with unique healthy products.

“Ever since my parents started this business, we’ve always strived to provide health foods, which aren’t necessarily available anywhere else.

“As well as a diet approach, we encompass ethical living and promote Barrow’s war on plastic.”

Many others fantastic independent local businesses have also won the award designed to highlight the amazing service and items on offer in Furness. To nominate your favourite shop simply email Mail reporter George Lythgoe at