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13 November

OV Business Hero recognised

Congratulations to OV Sally Themans (Co 84-86) who, along with husband Johnny, runs Good2Great which has been recognised as one of the UK’s ‘Business Heroes’ of 2020.

Bridgnorth-based Good2Great, which provides specialist business growth support to a range of firms and organisations in the county and beyond, received the accolade from The British Chambers of Commerce. They also received a letter from HRH the Countess of Wessex thanking them for their efforts. Community work and supporting high streets SMEs (Small to Medium Enterprises) and businesses to protect local economies has been fundamental in the pandemic

Sally also runs LoveBridgnorth on a voluntary basis and Love Wellington, sponsored by Wellington Town Council. Through these two initiatives she provided a wide range of support for retailers in both towns by sharing information on grants and loan schemes, gaining valuable publicity for the towns and promoting the popular ‘Let’s Get Local’ campaign. She also helped businesses which had ‘fallen through the covid support net’, such as The Crown in Bridgnorth and Burwarton Show.

Andrew Corfield of The Crown commented:

“Congratulations on this award – much deserved.

After weeks of not hearing anything from Shropshire Council regarding hospitality grants etc I finally got some help and support from them and none of this would have been possible without the intervention of Sally. Her advice in pointing me in the right direction has really helped and I am so grateful.

So thank you Sally and please keep on doing the amazing work you do for Bridgnorth and all the retailers and business owners in the town.”

Earlier this week Sally was also interviewed on BBC Midlands Today where she talked about how high street retailers are adapting to Lockdown2.