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Christian-run Cards 'n' Things is best shop winner 

CardsNThingsNorwich Christian business Cards 'n' Things are winners of the ‘Great Local Shop of the Year 2014’ competition, organised by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, in which customers voted online for their favourite local retailer.  

Cards ‘n’ Things in Hellesdon was the lucky winning shop which received the most votes from customers across north Norwich.  Paul Southgate who runs the popular card shop said “I’d like to firstly thank my Mum & Dad (David and Ruth Southgate) who started the business over 25 years ago and instilled in me the importance of serving the local community and good customer service."

"I would also like to thank our members of staff who work very hard to keep those standards, and a special thanks to our loyal customers, especially those who voted and who continue to shop with us and other local shops."

The competition was organised by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith to raise the profile and value of local shops in the community. Chloe said, “We have so many fantastic retailers here in Norwich North.  Our community would be very much worse off without the hardworking men and women who run them.  This competition was about letting our local retailers know how much we appreciate and support them.”

Paul Southgate, along with his wife Helen co-ordinate the music at Meadow Way Chapel, an evangelical church in Hellesdon.

As the overall winning shop, Cards ‘n’ Things will be given a new website donated by local IT company Computer Service Centre.

Pictured: the Southgates with Chloe Smith MP

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