The Independent Awards 2020

The Runners-Up

We realised early on that having one winner in each category wasn’t going to be enough – the calibre was too high and it was impossible to choose! So our small business supporters NatWest, Three, Dell and Royal Mail generously agreed to each support a category runner up each. We also brought our friends Notonthehighstreet onboard to champion Products of 2020 and got behind the Community Brand Award ourselves!

The runners up of the 2020 awards worked so hard canvassing for votes from their communities and were highly commended by both of our expert judging panels. We can’t wait to see what comes next and how the £5,000 prize money helps them get there.

Passion & Purpose Award Runner-Up

Arthouse Unlimited

Whilst working as an art instructor with adults living with complex epilepsy, Becky was in awe of their incredible drawing styles, insights and fresh outlook. ARTHOUSE Unlimited was born to offer these adults better opportunities, a sense of purpose, skills and social inclusion within wider society.

A super project. Their products look genuinely good which is hugely important for the long term. I found them very impressive and the individual stories very life affirming.

Sir Tim Smit KBE

Passion & Purpose Award-Runner Up

Sponsored by Three

Products of 2020 Runner-Up

The Clay Club

After seven years running his business, Jack was forced to pivot when the pandemic led to all his events being cancelled and sales disappearing! Going back to the drawing board and using all he’d learnt from running his ceramics business, Clay Club was born – the perfect activity to keep people busy inside and take their minds off what was going on in the world.

We both felt this business shows so much potential. We love that Stoke-on-Trent is at the heart of Jack’s product, which gives it an authenticity.

Harriet Vine MBE & Rosie Wolfenden MBE

Products of 2020 Runner-Up

Sponsored by Notonthehighstreet

Newcomer Award Runner-Up

The Treats Club

Born from a dream of having a bakery, after testing her ideas at markets around London Lungi opened two premises in the summer of 2020! She is passionate about championing female chefs and hopes to expand her business to allow for more opportunities for other women dreaming of getting into the industry.

Lungi has created a fun and unique product in what is a very crowded market. In these difficult times, making people happy with something so simple yet powerful, should not be underestimated.

Marcia Kilgore

Newcomer Award Runner-Up

Sponsored by Dell

Community Brand Award Runner-Up


At home with her first child, Claire found she had lost her sense of identity so began sharing the simple ways she was entertaining her baby on social media. Her expertise as an early years specialist led to playHOORAY! being born and a community of over 150K like minded parents, carers and educators supporting and cheering each other on.

I really love the mission behind this community and business. Claire’s commitment and dedication to support her community online is mind-blowing.

Joe Wicks MBE

Community Brand Award Runner-Up

Sponsored by Holly & Co

High Street Shop of the Year Runner-Up

Acorn & Pip

Inspired by a gift she received for her first baby, Lucy started Acorn & Pip in 2015 as a market stall selling ethically produced toys. Evolving into a family-run, bricks and mortar shop in 2018, they brought back to life a 140 year old shop creating a space for the entire family to eat, play, shop, connect and have fun.

Community is at the core of their business and human values are clearly demonstrated in their product. The shop is covid safe with top notch customer service!

Mark Constantine OBE

High Street Shop of the Year Runner-Up

Sponsored by NatWest

Modern Crafter Award Runner-Up

Basil and Ford

Discovering a love of screen printing whilst sourcing their own wedding invites, Matt and Lucy honed their craft in a cold, damp garage for four years. Now operating from a fully functional studio, the self taught duo continue to learn and develop their practice, always striving to be the best they can be.

The ethos of this brand resonates with my own, bringing a new lease of life to things old and forgotten.

Jay Blades

Modern Crafter Award Runner-Up

Sponsored by Royal Mail