On the evening of 15th December at the RSC’s The Other Place, Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi hosted the awards ceremony for his annual Independent Shop Awards. Nominations for the awards were open between 24th October and 24th November, giving local people the opportunity to vote for their favourite businesses within the Stratford-on-Avon parliamentary constituency across the six available categories.
Nearly 3000 nominations were received in total. Out of these nominations, the top 5 were considered by an independent judging panel who chose a winner and two runners-up for each category. On the night, Mr Zahawi presented the successful businesses with their awards.
Commenting, Mr Zahawi said:
“It was a pleasure to host so many of the winners, runners-up, and nominees at The Other Place on Friday. As I have said before, I am always delighted to see the wide range of businesses my constituency has to offer and congratulate those who have been deemed the best by the public and an independent judging panel.
“I want to congratulate again all of this year’s winners and runners-up for the sterling service they evidently provide for their customers”.
The winner and two runners-up for each category were as follows:
Best Independent Shop
Best Independent Hotel/B&B
Best Independent Café
Best Independent Restaurant
Best Independent Pub
Best Independent Village Shop