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21 Feb 2024

The latest quarterly State of the Industry survey from the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) shows that the recovery of the sector was slow and steady through 2023 and into January...

21 Feb 2024

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21 Feb 2024

Businesses in the Devon town of Ottery St Mary have praised their local council for initiatives designed to help support them and boost trade.

19 Feb 2024

A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.

19 Feb 2024

Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 

8 Feb 2024

The ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has celebrated the crucial role that rural shops play in thousands of communities across the UK in its 2024 Rural Shop Report.

8 Feb 2024

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5 Feb 2024

The Federation of Independent Retailers (the Fed) has expressed alarm at new figures that show shoplifting at its highest level in 20 years.

5 Feb 2024

A brand-new festival is being launched next month is “all about community and breathing life into the High Street”, according to Mark Kacary, managing director of The Norfolk Deli in...

5 Feb 2024

The retail sector has been responding to government plans to ban disposable vapes as part of plans to tackle the rise in youth vaping.

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Indie retail finalists named in the 2023 Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards

Posted on in Business News

The shortlist has been announced for the 2023 Speciality & Fine Food Fair Awards, which celebrate innovative products and inspiring independent retailers in the world of artisan food and drink.

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 The results of the awards are now open to a public industry vote, with the ultimate winners decided by a combination of the judges ranking and the public vote. The winners will be celebrated in a special ceremony in September.

This year’s awards are comprised of seven categories: 

  • ‘Not Yet on the Shelf’ 
  • New Product of the Year – UK 
  • New Product of the Year - International 
  • Sustainability Pioneer of the Year 
  • Small Independent Retailer of the Year, in partnership with BIRA 
  • Large Independent Retailer of the Year, in partnership with BIRA 
  • Outstanding Industry Champion 

The Small Independent Retailer of the Year Award, in partnership with BIRA, is presented to a pioneering smaller retailer at the heart of their community.  The winner will be a forward-thinking independent retailer with less than £500k annual turnover and/or 10 or fewer employees.   The shortlisted finalists are:

 The Large Independent Retailer of the Year Award is presented to a pioneering retailer with over £500k annual turnover and/or more than 11 employees. The winner is a forward-thinking retailer, a real advocate for independent businesses, and leads by example to push for change and development for the industry on key agendas. 

 To find out the award winners, sample the nominated products, and explore everything Speciality & Fine Food Fair 2023 has to offer, register for your complimentary trade ticket at specialityandfinefoodfairs.co.uk. Cast your vote for your favourite nominees here.  

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