A COUNTRY store in Thirsk has won a national award at a virtual ceremony held recently.

Green’s Farm Supplies, owned by Chris and Kate Jeffery, was announced as Independent Store of the Year National SQP Awards 2020 winner.

A well-known company in the community, Green’s customer service helped it to stand out from the competition.

The National SQP Awards are staged annually by OvertheCounter magazine and Lewis Business Media to recognise excellence and best practice in the animal health and welfare industry.

This year’s event was held virtually as a consequence of Covid-19 regulations and to keep registered animal health advisers, who are essential workers, safe in these challenging times.

This was another strong year for the National SQP Awards in terms of the entries received.

Simon King, editor of OvertheCounter, said: “Congratulations to Green’s Farm Supplies who was a deserved winner. These awards have highlighted the breadth and depth of talent, drive and ambition among animal health advisors.

"In these unprecedented times, it was a pleasure to recognise the winners, but also all of those shortlisted, which, in itself, is a great achievement.”

Head judge John Lewis, chairman of Lewis Business Media, added: “I was delighted to chair the judging panel. The winners have done themselves proud. It’s been hard work but was a pleasure for the judges to deliberate about some great candidates.

"In some categories, there were very fine margins between the winners and those shortlisted. Congratulations to all the winners.”

For more information, see the website at www.nationalsqpawards.co.uk.