The Independent Awards 2021
The entry stage for the Independent Awards 2021 is now closed. We’re currently going through all the brilliant applications submitted to select our 120 Nominees and will let them know. Please check back after 10th November to find out who these will be — and to start casting your votes. The Independent Awards recognise the bravery, innovation and sheer hard work of our nation’s incredible small business founders. We can’t wait to see who is in with a chance of winning a slice of this year’s £100,000 prize pot. A big thank you again to our sponsors Dell Technologies, NatWest and Royal Mail. Watch this space for updates.
The 2021 Award Categories
Find out more about each of the categories by tapping on the images below
Business for Good Award
Purpose-led business bringing positive change
Young Entrepreneur Award
A shining example from the next generation
Small Business of the Year Award
Exceptional all-round small business superstar
High Street Shop Award
The heart of our high street, soul of our community
Female Founder Award
Unstoppable spirit, brilliant business, paving the way
Modern Crafter Award
Pure creative crafter with skill, talent and technique
And there's more...
People's Choice Award
Once voting opens, this award will be chosen by the people, so means the world. It can’t be entered directly but any Nominee who gets the most public votes wins, so it’s time to remind everyone you rock. Whether it’s for your brand, products or impeccable service, the people’s favourite will be awarded £10,000.
Holly's Fairy Godmother Award
Brand new this year, this award’s for that special business that has true star potential but needs a little helping hand. Holly knows magic when she sees it, so this is the one award chosen by the small business fairy godmother herself. The lucky winner will get £10,000 and mentorship from Holly and the team (and again, isn’t one you can enter directly).
Last year's Independent Awards
How lovely it is to look back on last year’s winners and see the difference their awards made. Whether it was using their cash prize to invest in some much-needed equipment or just the confidence it gave them to excel, we’re thrilled. 2020 was such a tough year for many small businesses, and we launched these awards to shine a light on the ginormous benefits this community brings. The entry stage for this year’s awards has now closed but if you’d like to see the rest of last year’s winners…
9 November, 2021
Nominees will be notified
If your business has been successful, you'll be notified by this time, so keep an eye on your emails!
10 November, 2021
Nominees announced and voting opens
They will then be publicly announced and the People’s Vote (and judges voting) will begin.
23 November, 2021
Public voting closes and judging ends
So make sure you’ve had your say and supported your favourite small businesses by then.
Athena Cauley-Yu, Founder of Meticulous Ink
"Winning the People's Choice Award came as such a massive shock...Having that recognition for many years of work behind the scenes is such an enormous psychological boost. Add to that the incredible cash prize and my mind was completely blown!...I put a large chunk towards an enormous printing press that gives us more scope to do fun, experimental printing on a large scale. I am utterly grateful"
With thanks to our Award Supporters
These awards would not be possible without our incredible small business supporters who truly believe in the power of small.