A WEDDING venue in Kingscote near Uley has been recognised as one of the UK’s third best exclusive venue and the second best for quality of customer service.

Wedding coordinators Holly Roberts and Olivia Russell run the Matara Centre, they attended the Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards held in London on Thursday, March 9.

Over 1,000 companies were nominated in the awards, representing over 22 categories, with 176 making it through to the shortlist stage.

Holly said: “We don’t run a ‘wedding factory’ we take pride in each and every event and do everything here with the love and care someone’s special day deserves.

“We don’t usually enter awards however this was different they chose us and the judging wasn’t done based on the amount of reviews but the quality of reviews we received from our clients.

“Over 150 people attended with suppliers from all over the UK – these awards were national not regional so to even get shortlisted was a huge honour.

“This is a great achievement, especially for Matara, we were so shocked and surprised we really thought we were out of our depth, we couldn’t of been prouder.”

The Matara Centre were one of 10 companies nationally to have been placed on the shortlist for the Venue’s Exclusive Use category.

Out of those 10 shortlisted companies, five became finalists, one of which was The Matara Centre included who claimed third place.