Meet Your 2018 Best Independent Business Winners!

Last month, over 60 businesses went head to head in a competition to win Nottingham’s 2018 Best Independent Business. The road to the top has been a long and challenging one but we’re excited to announce that after thousands of votes, multiple mystery shops and judging from a panel tough enough to make Simon Cowell look nice, your independent champions have been selected. Find out who won below!

 

ATTRACTIONS & THINGS TO DO 

WINNER - BROADWAY CINEMA

Keeping indie cinema large in Nottingham, this café, bar, cinema, learning centre and event space has kept Hockley’s heart beating for almost 40 years. Endorsed by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Paul Smith, it's one of the city’s best loved success stories and will be no doubt be celebrating film for many years to come.

 

CAFÉ OR COFFEE SHOP

WINNER - WIRED CAFÉ BAR

Inspired by the urban style of London and Melbourne coffee houses, Wired has set the standard in Nottingham for a seriously well-made cup of coffee before most others. Despite fierce competition popping up since, their reputation persists, and their cool, colourful interiors make for a great place to eat, work and play.

  

GIFTWARE & HOMEWARE

WINNER - HANDMADE NOTTINGHAM

Championing our city’s artists, this cute shop on St James’s Street is a creative hub for those who like all that is local, unique and beautiful. With seasonal markets where you can meet the makers, and a great range of one off jewellery, cards, textiles, and home accessories, drop in to buy some beautiful locally made items you won't find anywhere else.

 

HEALTH, HAIR & BEAUTY

WINNER - STEELE HAIRDRESSING

Boasting a dedicated customer base, this hair salon based in Trinity Walk has generated a wonderful reputation over the years, with their friendly atmosphere applauded as much as their stylish snips.

 

PUB, CLUB, BAR or MUSIC VENUE

WINNER - MALT CROSS

Packed with historic charm, this stunning 19th century music hall has to be fully explored to be believed. Complete with caves, heritage tours, a charitable cafe bar and tonnes of smashing weekly events, need we say anymore?

 

RESTAURANT

WINNER - BAR IBERICO

For holiday vibes in the heart of Hockley, it has to be Bar Iberico. With al-fresco dining and tapas to make passers-by drool with envy, Iberico is a hit day or night, whether you want an intimate dinner date or chilled lunch time meal.

 

RETAILER (NON GIFTWARE & HOMEWARE)

WINNER - KNIT NOTTINGHAM 

Crafty creatives flock to this hub of all things knittable in Nottingham. Not only stocking a fab range of yarn in its Trinity Walk store, they also host socials and workshops, making this a tight knit community (sorry!) that welcomes anyone curious about getting into the craft.

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

WINNER - WEAVERS

This year for the first time there was also a Special Achievement Award. This was given to an independent business that the judges believed should receive recognition for its contribution to the independents scene in Nottingham city centre. In recognition of the company being one of Nottingham’s oldest independent businesses and also for its ability to continually innovate, this years winner is Weavers.

 

And the overall winner for Nottingham’s 2018 best independent business is… *drum roll please*

 

BAR IBERICO


Congratulations to all the winners and runners up. This competition really showcases the quality of Nottingham’s independent businesses and we already can’t wait to see what next year brings. Find out more about Bar Iberico here.