High Street Shop Award
This award celebrates the independent businesses that are not just surviving, but thriving on our high streets. Those who are keeping our local communities ‘home towns’ not ‘clone towns’ and are showcasing true innovation, uniqueness and bringing ‘less ordinary’ to our grey retail experiences through their creativity and passion. Not only that, but they have become pillars of their community and are acting as a brilliant example of how others might emulate an independent retail space in their own area.
There are two lucky winners for this award: the first will receive £10,000 and the second will receive £5,000. You can read the full Terms and Conditions for The Independent Awards here and read all of our FAQs here.
HOW TO VOTE
When you vote in the Independent Awards you’re letting a real person know that you believe in them and what they’re building — as well as giving them a chance to win a cash prize of £5,000 or £10,000, which can really help their business.
- Vote for your favourite Nominee by tapping the button in their box below and entering your details
- You can vote for one business per category
- Verify your vote within 24 hours (verification will be sent to your inbox, so do check your junk folder)
- Head over to the other category pages and vote for your favourites for those awards too
Votes cast up until 5pm on the 24th November will help select the category Finalists, and any votes made after this time will still count towards the People’s Choice Award. Please see our Ts&Cs for further details.
Vote for your favourite nominee
Each of these independent businesses has been selected for being outstanding in this category. Which is your favourite?
Berdoulat showcases the work of local artisans based within an hour’s drive of its 18th century shop space in Bath. Founders Patrick and Neri are passionate about each and every item they source, resulting in a magical space which also houses a cafe serving bread and cakes made on site from local ingredients.
Owner Sidonie sources the cult classics and harder-to-find gems of the stationery world to stock in Papersmiths’ bricks-and-mortar stores in Brighton, Chelsea and King’s Cross. Each retail space is run by fellow stationery obsessives and designed as ‘playgrounds’ to inspire creative pursuits.
ROAM by The Drifting Bear Co
ROAM is a creative gift shop by the sea in Devon. Inside you will find a wide range of personalised gifts, as well as unique products from other amazing independent brands. A tree is planted with every sale over £10, so their personalised prints and gifts are the perfect treasure to mark milestones.
With a mission is to positively change the culture around mental health by supporting individuals and companies to reach their full potential, Self Space provide a ‘good conversation’ with a qualified person for those that need them. They are open 7 days a week, with over 65 therapists to choose from.
The Orange Bakery
The Orange Bakery is a father and daughter run business that creates delicious breads and pastries. Founded as a way of coping through feelings anxiety and depression, their bakery not only produces unique treats, but is also used as a free outlet to teach and accomodate other aspiring bakers.