COTEBROOK Shire Horse Centre, near Tarporley, enjoyed a night of huge success at the Cheshire Awards for Tourism Skills (CATS), as Cheshire’s top tourism talent was unveiled.

During a glittering awards ceremony hosted by TV chef, Simon Rimmer, more than 450 guests looked on as the unique attraction received the coveted Team of the Year award, while owners Alistair and Janet King, were recognised for their ‘exceptional individual contribution’ to the visitor economy.

Alistair King was delighted with the award and paid tribute to his staff:

He said: “Each member of our team has a vital role to play in the success of Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre. Not only do they give individual commitment but have a positive approach in working together to guarantee our visitors have an experience to remember for a long time.”

Janet King added: “This award is for the individual, who in the judge’s opinion stands out from all nominations in all categories. Alistair and I feel deeply honoured to win this coveted award and are very proud to have our hard work recognised.”

Now in their eighth year, the awards provide a unique opportunity for employers to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of their teams, and nominate their top achievers. They celebrate the hard work and commitment of all those involved in the sector and address the skills shortage in the tourism industry.