Housewares and hardware retailer John Lawson was treated to a standing ovation by the Plymouth business community when he took to the stage earlier this month to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at The City and Waterfront Awards.
The City & Waterfront Awards is an annual event which recognises and celebrates the achievements of local businesses and individuals in the city centre and waterfront area of Plymouth.
The organisers said: “The Lawson name has been part of the Plymouth high street for more than 100 years. The store is a prominent local employer with an excellent reputation. The judges felt that Mr Lawson was a shining example of a dedicated local businessman who has worked hard to set the wheels of success in motion and give back to his community.”
John’s daughter Liz Lawson (now managing director of Lawsons) said: “He is a great visionary and very responsive to market trends. He was brave enough to make decisions that seemed strange at the time but he saw where the future would be. He has the respect of his colleagues and his peers. One of his key things is honesty – it’s one of the main pillars. I am delighted for my father and think the award is well deserved, I am very proud of him.”
She continued: “The last 110 years have defined us and we are so honoured to still be recognised and able to provide the same passionate service here in 2014. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their loyalty over the last century and for their continued support. Here’s to another great year of business and service.”
Mr Lawson relaxed in 2004 but is still involved in Lawsons as a director. Speaking of the ceremony, he commented: “Awards like these celebrate the good independents we have on the high street and how it’s vital to keep the high street alive. Congratulations and well done to all the winners.”
The Waterfront Partnership and the City Centre Company partnered local newspaper ‘The Herald’ in the awards, and sponsors Maitlands, Commercial Concepts, Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Alpha Logic and Shred Creative presented front page prizes to the winners.
Paul Burton, editor of ‘The Herald’, said: “John Lawson’s unwavering dedication to the community in which his business sits and his innovation and devotion to generations of staff mean he is the deserved winner of the Lifetime Achievement award.”