Back in Issue one last year, we revealed that Kirkcowan Cycles had been recognised as one of the best small shops in Britain.

Owners Brian Ferguson and Sarah-Jane Coleby were invited to a reception in the Houses of Parliament, London for the awards ceremony.

Kirkcowan Cycles was one of only three shops representing Scotland and one of only two bikes shops in the entire UK to have made the top 20.

Sarah-Jane said: “In a recession that has seen many a big name vanish from our high streets, for a small shop like ours to have survived let alone thrived is a credit to our hard work, determination and of course our customers.”

As well as attending the reception in the Houses of Commons, the couple also received a framed certificate which takes pride of place in their shop.

Sarah-Jane added: “It’s fantastic that our wee shop is appreciated by so many people.”