The top ten businesses in the It’s in Nottingham competition to find the city’s top independent business have been announced.
In the shopping and services category, the top five are:
- Dukki – homeware and gift shop centered around the local dialect and heritage of Nottingham on St James’s Street
- Knit Nottingham – a yarn shop on Trinity Walk
- The Cheese Shop – a family run café and delicatessen supplying local, national and international produce in Flying Horse Walk
- Cabella – a make-up and beauty boutique in Bridlesmith Walk
- Treat Kitchen – a specialist confectionery company on Wheeler Gate
In the eating, drinking and things to do category, the top five are;
- Ila’s Little Tea Shoppe – a tea room on Trinity Walk
- Ye Olde Salutation Inn – a classic pub that serves up real ale and hard rock on Maid Marian Way
- The Specialty Coffee Shop – an Italian coffee shop on the corner of Friar Lane and Maid Marian Way
- Debbie Bryan – a craft and heritage gift shop and tearoom on St Mary’s Gate
- Annie’s Burger Shack – a burger restaurant and freehouse on Broadway
The top ten were arrived at via a public vote which saw over 3,700 nominations – triple the number received last year. All these businesses have now been visited by mystery shoppers and a judging panel will consider their findings together with the feedback from the public in arriving at an overall winner.
The winner will be announced at a special breakfast event on 4 July – Independence Day.
“It is great to see a broad mix of businesses in the top ten,” said Geoff Williams, a director of the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), the organisation behind this initiative. “People have really got behind this competition, as the number of votes cast shows, and they provided some great comments when they voted too. Competition is fierce so these businesses have done really well to make the top ten. We look forward to seeing who is crowned the overall winner.”
The competition’s judges are:
- Verity Cowley of BBC Radio Nottingham
- Geoff Poyzer, president of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce
- Judy Taft of Nottingham Business School at Nottingham Trent University