Search on for most creative business name

Staff at The Crop Shop Nicola Banks, Jeanette Norman and Charlie Fairhurst
Staff at The Crop Shop Nicola Banks, Jeanette Norman and Charlie Fairhurst

WIGAN’S punniest businesses could be in line for a top award, as the search begins for the most creative name.

The Small Business Pun of the Year 2015, launched by build-your-own-app service, aims to find the shop or small business with the most side-splitting name.

Wigan has its fair share of catchy names, with bar and restaurant Summat To Ate, in Market Street, Hindley, a firm favourite.

Other eating joints which love to play with words are Deli-cious, in Preston Road, Standish; chip shop Gidlow Plaice, in Gidlow Lane; Topp Nosh, in Scholefield Lane, Scholes and Rumble Tums, in Frog Lane.

When McAvoy Guns, in Standish, relocated to the Dog and Partridge pub, in School Lane, Dog and Cartridge seemed the perfect moniker.

Hair salons love a good pun, with Scissor Sisters, Church Street, Orrell; Crop Shop, in Chapel Street Pemberton; Cutting Crew in Winstanley Precinct and Dynhairsty, in Gidlow Lane.

Dog grooming firms also get in on the act, with Scizzor Yappy, in Ashton; Shakeapaw Dog Grooming, in Hope Enterprise Centre, Scot Lane; Waggs Boutique, in Powell Street, Wigan.

Companies and members of the public can nominate their best small fim pun by sharing a photo of the shop sign on the Appsme blog.

They can also tweet or Instagram a photo along with the business’s details using the #SmallBizPun hashtag.

Nick Barnett, CEO at Appsme, said: “We help small businesses market themselves by allowing them to create powerful mobile apps and, through this, we’ve seen how creative British entrepreneurs are when it comes to naming their business.”

“We’re all familiar with hair salons called a Cut Above the Rest and chippies named the Cod Father, but we’re sure there are many more like these!”

The winner will receive an Apple Watch, a trophy and a suite of business applications to help them run their business on the go.

Whoever nominates the winning business will also win their own Apple Watch.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of branding experts, trade journalists and the team at Appsme.

Closing date for entries is June 7 at which point finalists will be made aware if they’ve made the shortlist.