Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage, has kickstarted her visits to those put forward for her Community Business Champion campaign.
The nominations campaign, which ran for only a few weeks, generated around 100 nominations for businesses and organisations across Gosport, Stubbington, Hill Head and Lee on the Solent, who have gone above and beyond for residents since the start of the pandemic.
Caroline will be reaching out to all those nominated, and visiting as many as she can as time, restrictions and diary pressures allow over coming weeks.
Today, Caroline first visited Kouga Guitars in Gosport, whose owner Andy was nominated for always being upbeat, friendly and making it clear that no job is too much trouble.
Later, she met Coffee Dude owner Pete Bowman, who was nominated for the service and assistance he gave to Acts of Kindness volunteers throughout the pandemic.
Commenting, Caroline said:
"I have been completely blown away by the community spirit shown across our local area since the start of the pandemic and the nominations submitted by residents just goes to prove this.
Coffee Dude and Kouga Guitars are fantastic examples of businesses and individuals who are always willing to help out and, when needed, go the extra mile - they both absolutely deserve this recognition and awareness.”