The Independent Awards
The Independent Awards 2020 have been created to showcase and recognise the very best creative small businesses across the UK. Spearheaded by Holly Tucker MBE, founder of Notonthehighstreet and Holly & Co, and UK Ambassador to Creative Small Businesses, she is joined by small business supporters NatWest, Three, Dell, Royal Mail and Pinterest.
With a huge £70,000 in prize money up for grabs, The Independent Awards 2020, which are only in their first year, have already seen a great impact within the community with tens of thousands of community nominations, shining a light on small independent businesses just when they need it most.
The Award Categories
Aligned with our own core values, our six award categories champion elements that we believe make small businesses truly spectacular!
Passion & Purpose Award
Using business as a tool for positive impact
Products Of 2020
Products that capture the mood of the nation
Businesses started in the past 18 months
Community Brand Award
Businesses built with community at their heart
High Street Shop Of 2020
Physical retail at its best
Modern Crafter Award
Businesses keeping handmade craft alive
In a year where small businesses have been there for the nation, The Independent Awards are an opportunity to show them your support! Any one of the 118 nominees has the chance to win the People’s Choice Award and it is wholly voted for by the public! You can vote for one business in each of the six main categories and the business with the most public votes overall will win the People’s Choice Award.
Meet the judges
When searching for the very best Independent Small Businesses, we knew that we needed the very best to help us crown the winners! Experts highly regarded in each of their sectors, we are privileged to have them all onboard to judge The Independent Awards 2020.
Founder of Jay & Co
Founder of Beauty Pie
Sir Tim Smit KBE
Founder of The Eden Project
Head of Retail, V&A
Harriet Vine MBE Rosie Wolfenden MBE
Co-Founders Tatty Devine
Joe Wicks MBE
Founder of The Body Coach
Founder of Oliver Bonas
Mark Constantine OBE
Co-founder of Lush
Ade Hassan MBE
Founder of Nubian Skin
Creator of The Happy News
Co-Founder of COOK
Buying Manager for Liberty London
With thanks to our small business supporters
19 November, 2020
The 118 shortlisted nominees are publicly announced and can begin canvassing for votes! You can vote once in each category for your favourite small business!
8 December, 2020
Five finalists from each category will be announced. Finalists will be determined by the public vote and our expert judges. All nominees can still receive votes to be in with a chance of winning the People's Choice Award.
17 December, 2020
Everyone’s invited to The Independent Awards ceremony at 7pm, LIVE on @HollyTucker’s Instagram, where the winners of all seven awards will be announced.