MicksGarage.com, Ireland’s largest online retailer of car parts and accessories, has won the Irish Times Best Shops Award in the online category from more than 31,000 entries, submitted by customers eager to show appreciation for their favourite shops both on and off-line.

The Irish Times Best Shops competition is a chance for customers to show their appreciation of the army of people who own and run small independent businesses, and to let others know how great they are. It’s also an opportunity to highlight businesses that are making a difference in niche markets or drawing in new customers to a neighbourhood.

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Launched ten years ago, MicksGarage has grown to become an €11 million turnover company employing 48 people in a 40,000sq ft premises in Dublin’s Park West. The website, which was also awarded a Golden Spider Award for Best Retail Website in 2007, and more recently,  Gold in the European Ecommerce awards has 5.6 million unique product listings and the company ships 18,000 orders a month to 70 countries.

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MicksGarage has grown to become one of the UK & Ireland’s largest car parts and accessories online retailers. With much of its software and systems developed in-house, MicksGarage is also recognised as one of Europe’s leading eCommerce technology companies. The online retailer sells a wide range of different car parts and accessories, from braking parts to car care, travel and leisure gear to service parts, stocking top brands including Bosch, Total, Wix, Castrol, Draper and Philips.

Best Shops 2015: The winners

The headquarters in Park West Industrial Park in Dublin of online retailer micksgarage.com which has customers in 70 countries. Best Online: Shop: micksgarage.com

Cian McDonald owner of the Grooming Rooms on South William Street. Photograph: Sara FreundBest Salon: The Grooming Rooms

Peter & Mary Ward's Country Choice at the Milk Market in Limerick. Photograph: Liam BurkeBest Market Stall: Country Choice at the Milk Market

Fallon and Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke Best Food and Drink: Fallon and Byrne

Vanessa Mac Innes and Marcus Mac Innes owners of Industry shop and cafe. Photograph: Sara FreundBest gifts/crafts/design interiors: Industry and The Store Yard

Best cafe/teashop: Glebe Gardens and Café

Ash Senyk owner of Run Logic. Photograph: Sara Freund / The Irish TimesBest newcomer: Run Logic

Hannah Hamill, Ruth Spence and Joanna McCreery, at Envoy of Belfast. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Best fashion store: Envoy of Belfast

Margaret Mangan at Cloon Keen Atelier at 21a High Street in Galway city.  Photograph: Joe O'ShaughnessyBest specialist shop: Cloon Keen Atelier

Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who nominated us! It was no doubt a tough job for the judges, Simon Pratt of Avoca; retail consultant Eddie Shanahan; John Redmond, creative director of Brown Thomas; fashion editor Deirdre McQuillan, journalist Alanna Gallagher and Robbie Doherty of the competition sponsor AIB Merchant Services.