Businesses are a cut above the rest in awards

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A B&B, bookshop and hair salon all had cause for celebration after being recognised for their excellent service.

Strawberry Bank House in Linlithgow was awarded VisitScotland’s Four Star Gold Quality Assurance Award following the organisation’s latest visit.

The B&B, which has been run by Gillian and John Caddie for 15 years, was praised for its extremely high standards of visitor accommodation and outstanding customer service and hospitality.

The couple said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by VisitScotland with the award of our Four Star Gold status, which for us is recognition of the hard work done every day to maintain and improve on our standards.”

There was also good news for Far From the Madding Crowd, which was named Scottish Independent Bookshop of the Year and will now go on to compete in the finals in May at the British Book Awards.

The family-owned business is based in Linlithgow High Street and has run a number of events including the Further From Festival and a schools festival.

Sally Pattie, daughter of owner Jill Pattie, said, “We are absolutely over the moon with this win.”

Meanwhile. hair salon Mr Fella and Me Bella Sassoon in Kirkliston won two accolades, winning Best Men’s Stylist and Best Barber Shop for South East Scotland at the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards. The salon also netted UK Salon Interior of the Year in the PRO Hair and Beauty Awards in 2014.

Owner Cherise Bartram said: “We’re ecstatic, we didn’t expect to win.”