Independent computer repairs and sales retailer Chip Computers has been named Phones and Technology Retailer of the Year at the 2015 Chesterfield Retail Awards, which are organised by Destination Chesterfield in association with Learning Unlimited.
Chips Computers was one of 13 winners of a total of 16 awards recognising the very best independent shops, high street stores and market traders in the town.
The company started in 2005 as a call-out only service before opening its retail store in Brimington, Chesterfield. Delighted to win Phil Griffiths, owner of Chips Computers, said: "We were totally shocked to win. We owe this award to our customers. We've been nominated and won national awards this year, but this award is the most important to us, because it's voted by our local, loyal customer base. This award means a lot for our business, it shows we are doing something right and we will continue to improve for next year.
"We offer a unique service at Chips Computers that allows you to build your own custom laptop or computer. We like to get creative and offer something alternative. Recently we built a computer into a Star Wars Millennium Falcon model and created an R2-D2 projector."
This year's awards received more than 600 nominations for businesses from the public resulting in 32 finalists competing for the title of the very best in their respective categories.
Vice Chair of Destination Chesterfield and Cabinet Member for the Town Centre and Visitor Economy Amanda Serjeant, said: "Across Chesterfield we are privileged to have a great range of independent stores in the Shambles and the Yards in the Town Centre, along Chatsworth Road and Whittington Moor as well as our market and popular high street stores. It is this mix of retailers that makes our town so popular and keeps shoppers, both locally and further afield, coming back for more.
"Chesterfield is envied nationally for its retail success. While other town and city centres are struggling, ours is thriving and it's no wonder seeing the passion, innovation and customer service so many of the town's retailers are delivering on a daily basis. The Retail Awards recognised and celebrated the efforts and success of retailers across the town."