The Independent Awards 2022

The Runners-Up

When we launched the Independent Awards in 2020, we soon realised that with so many phenomenal small businesses to choose from, one Winner per category simply wasn’t enough. So guess what? We added Runners-Up.

Winners will each receive £10,000 and Runners-Up £5,000 for their business — thanks to our small business supporters Dell Technologies, Royal Mail, Adobe Express and Avon — and we’ll be following their journeys over the coming year.

Business for Good Award Runner-Up

A Curious Society

With their 12-year-old chief designer at the helm, A Curious Society creates thought-provoking screenprinted clothing with a focus on conservation, the planet and world issues. Every item is sourced sustainably, ethically made and printed to order with water based inks to ensure zero waste.

Winning this award means they’re able to explore how they can become even more sustainable in the future.

I love this whole business. As a mother of two boys, I am always looking for sustainable clothing with a strong positive message, and A Curious Society ticks all those boxes.

Donna Wilson, Founder of Donna Wilson

Modern Crafter Award Runner-Up

Kerchung!

Kerchung! creates beautifully handmade, tongue-in-cheek porcelain jewellery and pottery with attitude. All their items are inspired by modern life, mental health and founder Karen’s ‘wicked sense of humour’.

Karen is ready to grow her business and will be using her winnings to help her do this.

Kerchung! recognises the relatable attitudes that so many people feel every day and create fabulous and unique pieces. They also have the thought to help encourage others to follow their dreams and launch their own creative business which is so inspiring.

Josie Naughton, Founder of Choose Love

Small Business of the Year Award Runner-Up

Their Nibs

Creating whimsical, storytelling prints — all handpainted in-house — Their Nibs is a print-led design studio specialising in sleepwear with pockets for women and children. What’s more, 20% of the profits from their Children’s Collection is donated to the adoption charity, Coram.

The prize money will help them develop their warehouse and expand their ranges, including children’s outerwear.

It’s clear from just looking at Their Nibs how they’re constantly striving to deliver and pivot — in not just their stunning prints but also in the product they’re investing in creating. They’re synonymous with excellent, print-led nightwear!

Gemma Metcalfe-Beckers, Founder of Mutha.Hood

High Street Shop Award Runner-Up

Soul and Flare

Based in Nottingham, Soul and Flare is on a mission to reduce throw-away fashion waste through their commitment of clothing repair, reselling or reworking. A business built with no amount of loans or funding, it’s grown to become a real high street hero at the heart of the local community.

The prize money will enable founder Gayle to upscale her business by buying new equipment and refurbishing the shop.

Thank you for teaching us how we can protect the planet, enjoy fashion at the same time, and keep alive vintage styling. Amazing to have started a business from scratch and solo — you are an inspiration!

Josie Naughton, Founder of Choose Love

Female Founder Award Runner-Up

Kitty's Kits

18-year-old Kitty founded Kitty’s Kits out of her passion for teaching as many people as possible about the art of breadmaking (and a strong belief that bread should be accessible to everyone). Her kits and free classes give people of all ages a ‘breaducation’, empowering communities with new skills.

Winning this award means Kitty will be able to reach even more young people.

I’d love to be breaducated! Such a fantastic entrepreneurial spirit, and a great cause to inspire and educate.

Donna Wilson, Founder of Donna Wilson

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.