Katie's KardsAN independent gift and card shop has been awarded Stockton Town Centre’s ‘Best Dressed Christmas Window’.

Katie’s Kards, based in Wellington Square, won the award as part of Stockton Council’s celebration of Small Business Saturday which took place on 6 December.

The national day encourages people to support small local businesses such as restaurants, cafés, shops and independent tradespeople.

Traders in Stockton Town Centre were invited to dress their shop windows with festive decorations for the competition and encourage people to shop local for Christmas gifts.

The awards were judged on Saturday by the Mayor of Stockton, who awarded Katie’s Kards for creating a beautiful snow scene in one window while another was transformed into a cosy living room complete with mock fireplace, hanging stockings, wreaths, Christmas cards and a Christmas tree.

Owner Katie Green said: “It is fantastic to win ‘Best Dressed Window’ and be a part of the friendly competition. My sister Laura works in the shop with me and we had a great time decorating the windows together. All of the businesses did a really good job, shoppers are enjoying stopping by to have a closer look and to pick up some cards and presents. It’s been great fun.”

The Mayor, Councillor Barbara Inman, added: “There is a wide range of businesses in Stockton Town Centre and it was wonderful to see so many of them taking part in the competition. They all created fantastic displays in their windows to really get people into the festive spirit. Congratulations to Katie and to all of the participants for their efforts.”

Runner-up was vintage-style café, Remember Me Tea Rooms on Finkle Street.

This week Barclays bank on Stockton High Street has also teamed up with the Council to show support for the town’s smaller independent traders.

Traders from a range of local businesses including Chocs Away, Sub Zero Comics and Poppy Hairdressing are all setting up stalls inside the bank where customers will be able to grab a festive treat until Friday 12 December.

To find out more visit www.rediscoverstockton.co.uk