Awards Hat Trick for ZipYard Richard McConnell

Richard McConnell of The ZipYard Altrincham Richard McConnell, owner of The ZipYard in Lloyd Street, Altrincham, has been shortlisted for yet another national business award.

So far in 2013, the owner of the garment and alterations centre in Altrincham has been a finalist in the British Franchise Association (bfa) Franchisee of the Year award and was named as UK ZipYard Centre of the Year. Now he has beaten off stiff competition from hundreds of other entrants to become a finalist in the 2013 Start-up Awards. The winners will be announced at the Start up Awards dinner on December 9, at the Kensington Roof Gardens in London.

Last year the former driving instructor won the coveted Sale and Altrincham Chamber of Commerce Start-up of the Year award, and was awarded second place in both Business of the Year and Young Entrepreneur of the Year categories.

The ZipYard opened in Altrincham two years ago. Today the business has almost doubled its turnover and has over 12,000 customers including footballers Joe Hart, Marouane Fellaini and several of the cast members from Coronation Street. McConnell's second ZipYard centre in Wilmslow was officially opened earlier this month by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

McConnell said: “I am delighted to be in the running for another prestigious national award. It’s been hard work, but I’m really enjoying building my ZipYard business and would like to take this opportunity to say that none of this success could have been achieved without the efforts of my brilliant team.”

Customer service is the key to the ZipYard’s ongoing success. McConnell and his staff think nothing of staying on for a few extra hours to finish a rush job and don’t charge extra for their express service.

“Seeing the smile on a bride’s face when we have sorted out a dress disaster makes it all worthwhile," continued McConnell. “There’s nothing our eight trained seamstresses can’t do. Their work is amazing which is why customers keep coming back time and time again.”

The ZipYard offers a wide range of alteration and tailoring services, all done on site by trained professionals in a clean, purpose-built environment with private fitting rooms. From dress re-styling and taking in or letting out to bridal-wear fitting or formal wear alterations, The ZipYard does it all.