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Small Business of the Year Award

What does it take to win Small Business of the Year? It means being a proven all-rounder; an established brand that has gone from strength to strength. Perhaps it was founded by someone who’s displayed not just grit and spirit, but agility and creativity, too. Someone who’s built a business doing what they love and has truly become a real customer favourite.

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.

This award is sponsored by Dell Technologies, who passionately believe in helping small businesses to thrive.



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.

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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?

Air & Grace

Air & Grace create stylish & comfortable luxury women’s footwear. With their patented ‘Tender Loving Air’ comfort technology hidden inside, their shoes aim to make you feel like you’re walking on air.

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Hazel Gardiner Design

Founded by Hazel who retrained after surviving a cancer diagnosis, Hazel Gardiner Design is a floral studio that champions sustainability. Hazel works to bring the power of nature to all, promoting diversity and aiming to change perceptions about who should take space within the industry.

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Hiro + Wolf

Inspired by a friendship between a Shiba Inu named Hiro and a rescue Terrier named Wolf, Hiro + Wolf creates comfortable and stylish accessories for cats, dogs (and their humans!). With a focus on fun, original designs, everything is handmade in the UK by their all-female team.

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Honeywell Bakes

Honeywell Bakes has a mission to bring planet friendly baking to everyone. Being environmentally conscious is at the heart of their business and they recently became B Corp certified. The goodness doesn’t end there. A percentage from every sale is donated to ‘1% for the Planet’.

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Present & Correct

Present & Correct is a shop for all those who love to revel in all manner of stationery and office supplies. With a unique and ever changing collection sourced from around the world, the shop is the result of nostalgia, obsession, joy and sharing.

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Revere the Residence

Revere the Residence is a homeware and lifestyle social enterprise shop sharing products made by local independent makers plus creations made in-house by people with learning disabilities. Since they opened, founder Kate has employed over 50 people with a disability, helping to level the playing field.

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Sew Your Soul

Founded by artist Lucy Sparrow in 2014 after the overnight success of her first major UK installation ‘The Cornershop’, Sew Your Soul creates art to boost mental health, to be enjoyed by fans around the world. The business now employs five full-time studio workers (AKA ‘Team Felt’).

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Single Variety Co

Single Variety Co are makers of seriously delicious fruit preserves and chilli jams from their Bristol jam factory. Every product in their core range has won a Great Taste or Taste of the West award so it’s hardly surprising that they have hundreds of five-star reviews.

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The Positive Planner

The Positive Planner is home to the original mindful gratitude journal that inspires its owner towards better mental wellbeing through the use of positive affirmations, daily reflections and mindfulness activities.

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Their Nibs

Creating whimsical, storytelling prints — all hand painted 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.

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