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It's In Nottingham Have Launched Their Independent Awards 2019

31 May 19 words: Emma Walsh

It’s that time of year when we all get together to celebrate the independent businesses round Notts...

Back for their eighth year, It’s In Nottingham and Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) are launching their annual, two-month campaign on Saturday 1 June, kicking it all off with the vote for 2019’s best independents. Whether you’ve voted before or not, here’s the low-down.

The competition is split into seven categories; cafe/coffee shops; giftware and homeware shops; health, hair and beauty shops; pub, club, bar or music venue; restaurant; retailer; attractions and things to do. You just have to vote for the best. So if that little cafe you go to is an independent business, give ‘em a vote.

With dozens to choose from, you van check out the full lists of independents for each category using the links at You can cast your votes online, or even post a voting card in Nottingham Tourism Centre’s ballot box if you’re feeling old-school. And, with the chance to win a £100 voucher to spend at last year’s winner, Bar Iberico, what have you got to lose? Get to it though, ‘cause voting closes at 4pm on Thursday 27 June.

The votes determine the three finalists for each category, each of which will be visited by an independent judge who will rank them based on their product range, knowledge and customer service – so, smiling faces at the ready. The winning business of each category, plus the overall winner of the competition will be announced on Thursday 4 July. Yeah, you heard us – Independence Day. A Special Achievement Award will also be presented for bringing that little something special to the independence scene.

This year’s independents will also be competing for the bragging rights of Best Dressed Window. Their displays can be viewed around the city between Monday 1 - Sunday 7 July, so go have a look, maybe even tweet your favourites to @itsinnottingham. And don’t forget the other happenings in July; events and workshops will be taking place, and the city-wide Independent Festival on July 6 will be a free family fun day chock-full of entertainment, music and activities. That’s the kid’s entertainment sorted!

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