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    Fashion Independent of the Year 2024 – Sponsored by Associated Independent Stores and INDX

    Are you a brilliant bricks-and-mortar fashion boutique with a solid track record, dedicated customer base and expertly curated brand mix? The winner of this award will be an outstanding and inspirational business that is successfully combining an exemplary shopping experience and service with coveted products. Entrants will be required to outline a solid business plan, buying strategy and future growth plan as well as signs they’ve remained agile throughout recent economic challenges. Judges will be looking for all-round excellence from store design and brand line-up to social media and online presence. Retailers entering this award can stock several product categories but womenswear, menswear or childrenswear must command its largest percentage of sales. Entrants must operate at least one bricks-and-mortar store in the UK or Ireland.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your customers choose your business above others and what really makes you stand out from the competition.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Independent Group of the Year 2024

    This award is open to new independent fashion and lifestyle retailers that have opened in the past year (after February 2023). The winner will need to demonstrate impressive progress and development in a short space of time as well as a strong concept and ethos. Judges will be looking for a new independent bricks-and-mortar retailer with a shrewd buying strategy and viable future growth plan. The new business will need to demonstrate early success – whether in terms of revenue or attracting a regular loyal customer base – despite the challenges of the past 12 months. Judges will be looking for an inspiring new business with a bright idea that brings something special to its local area. Multi-brand independent retailers carrying womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories or lifestyle products with at least one bricks-and-mortar can enter this award.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your customers choose your business above others and what really makes you stand out from the competition.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Social Media Strategy of the Year 2024

    Is your business exceptional on Instagram, Facebook or TikTok? This award celebrates independent fashion and lifestyle retailers with an outstanding social media channel. The winning retailer will be outshining its competitors on across one or several platforms with content that is perfectly tailored for its target customer base. It’s not necessarily just about follower numbers; judges will be looking for compelling content that commands strong engagement from a community of avid followers. Entrants will also need to demonstrate how they are using social media to increase revenue, whether that’s sharing details of successful ‘lives’ or how shopping posts inspire shoppers to buy. The winner will need to be one step ahead of other indies, jumping onto new social media trends in a fast and effective way. Multi-brand independent retailers carrying womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories or lifestyle products can enter this award.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your customers choose your business above others and what really makes you stand out from the competition.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Sustainability Advocate of the Year 2024

    Celebrating indie retailers taking positive steps towards a more sustainable industry, this award is open to businesses that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to improving their business ethics and reducing their environmental impact. The winner will be working towards a more sustainable vision, increasing its percentage of eco-friendly and ethical products and brands as well as its use of other green suppliers such as packaging, energy and banks. The retailer will also be recycling, minimising waste, reducing their carbon footprint and helping shoppers consume more responsibly. Entrants can be at any stage on their journey to becoming more sustainable/ ethical (or they could have had sustainability as a clear focus from the beginning). Judges will also be looking for evidence that the business is constantly looking to improve and work towards an even more sustainable future. Retailers entering this award can stock categories including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and lifestyle.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your customers choose your business above others and what really makes you stand out from the competition.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Community Hero of the Year 2024 – Sponsored by British Independent Retailers Association

    This award recognises the independent retail owners and teams who are contributing to the overall success of their high street (or area) and going the extra mile to give back to their local community. The winner will be an active member of their village, town or city, working hard to drive footfall to other businesses or supporting local people with exceptional services, initiatives or innovative opportunities. The judging panel will be looking for a business or individual that has earned a local profile by bringing something extra special to the area, whether through in-store events, charity fundraisers, involvement in local groups, introducing new services or by going above and beyond for people in their community. Retailers entering this award can stock categories including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and lifestyle.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your customers choose your business above others and what really makes you stand out from the competition.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NEW: Independent Employer of the Year 2024

    Do you see your staff as your business’s biggest asset? This award is for independent retailers who support, nurture and care about the future success of their employees. The winning indie retailer will be an all-round amazing employer that aims to cultivate a fun and happy working environment that gets the best out of their team. They will have instilled a positive workplace culture by investing in (and actively encouraging) training for personal growth and development, supporting staff feedback, encouraging collaboration and ultimately rewarding hard work. Judges will be looking for outstanding employers with loyal staff members who feel valued, supported and respected. Retailers entering this award must operate at least one bricks-and-mortar store stocking categories including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and lifestyle.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your staff choose to stay working for your business above others and what really makes you stand out from other employers.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NEW: Store Design of the Year

    This award recognises fashion and lifestyle independents with a remarkable interior design. Judges will be looking for exceptionally beautiful stores with well executed layouts and flow. All aspects of the winning store’s design will have been carefully considered, from utilising the window space to its full potential to attract passing footfall to maximising all areas of the shop floor. The winning retailer will also need to demonstrate how the interior design helps elevate the overall customer experience and creates an inspiring environment for shoppers. Retailers entering this award must stock several fashion/ accessories/ lifestyle brands and only one specific store can be entered per business/ group.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please describe your store’s design including initial concept, layout, collaborators, and special features (please also supply 4-6 images of your store with your entry – upload button below or email to gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk).

    2. In no more than 200 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your product mix and how these are merchandised for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future business growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NEW: Shop Window of the Year

    We’re looking for a truly outstanding shop window display from the past 12 months (after February 2023) created by an independent fashion or lifestyle retailer. The winning retailer will have created a remarkable and innovative display that maximises its window space and shop exterior, regardless of size. Judges will be looking for a clear concept and well executed design that entices shoppers into store. Entrants should demonstrate the idea behind the initial theme and how this was achieved, including information on any collaborators and prop/ material sourcing. Indies should also detail any reaction from customers and local shoppers. Retailers entering this award must stock several fashion/ accessories/ lifestyle brands and only one specific store can be entered per business/ group.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please describe your winning window’s initial concept, layout and special features as well as including any collaborators who helped create the display (please also supply 2-4 images of your store windows with your entry – upload button below or email to gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk).

    2. In no more than 200 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your product mix and how these are merchandised for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future business growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    New Independent of the Year 2024

    This award is open to new independent fashion and lifestyle retailers that have opened in the past year (after February 2023). The winner will need to demonstrate impressive progress and development in a short space of time as well as a strong concept and ethos. Judges will be looking for a new independent bricks-and-mortar retailer with a shrewd buying strategy and viable future growth plan. The new business will need to demonstrate early success – whether in terms of revenue or attracting a regular loyal customer base – despite the challenges of the past 12 months. Judges will be looking for an inspiring new business with a bright idea that brings something special to its local area. Multi-brand independent retailers carrying womenswear, menswear, fashion accessories or lifestyle products with at least one bricks-and-mortar can enter this award.

    DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM

    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your core brands and product mix as well as details on how these are curated for your specific target market.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain why you feel your customers choose your business above others and what really makes you stand out from the competition.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

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    Sustainable Brand of the Year 2024

    This award recognises the independent fashion/ lifestyle brands making serious efforts to operate more sustainably. Judges will be looking for a conscious product range and production process that considers its environmental impact from start to finish. The brand will be committed to creating its products consciously and/or ethically and will be part of a wider eco-friendly supply chain. It will also be focused on minimising its own carbon footprint wherever possible using greener materials and adopting less wasteful production and distribution techniques. Lastly, it will be committed to improving its environmental efforts as part of a long-term plan. This award is open to all independent fashion, lifestyle, accessories and footwear brands based in the UK and abroad.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has evolved since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your collection and signature products/ designs as well as how the brand appeals to your target customer.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NEW: Footwear Brand of the Year 2024

    This award is to highlight remarkable businesses in the competitive footwear category. Entrants should demonstrate a unique point of difference that sets their brand apart. Judges will be looking for a strong business model, exceptional customer service offer, viable growth strategy and strong sell-through potential. The winner will be operating a profitable business offering a high-quality product range that appeals to a defined target market. It will also be a small business champion, providing an excellent service to independent stockists that goes above and beyond other brands. This award is open to all independent footwear brands based in the UK and abroad.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your collection and signature products/ designs as well as how the brand appeals to your target customer.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    British Brand of the Year 2024

    Highlighting the country’s best independent fashion brands, this award will recognise outstanding womenswear, menswear and accessories collections flying the flag for Great Britain. Entrants should outline a unique and covetable product range, solid business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and strong sell-through rates. The winner will be operating a successful business offering products designed/ made in Britain that appeal to its target market. It will also provide an exceptional service to its independent stockists, supporting boutique businesses with products, high sell-through and margins as well as aftercare. This award is open to all independent fashion brands based in the UK.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your collection and signature products/ designs as well as how the brand appeals to your target customer.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Fashion Agency of the Year 2024

    Open to UK-based fashion agencies working with multi-brand independent retailers, this accolade recognises to the industry’s best of the best. The winner will have an exciting range of brands on its roster that have been carefully sourced with independent retailers in mind. The agent should demonstrate how it puts its customers at the forefront of the business, offering invaluable advice and support throughout the season as well as working with brands to fine-tune collections for the UK market. Entrants should demonstrate that they are running a profitable business offering collections with healthy margins and strong sell-through potential. This award is open to all fashion agencies running a multi-brand operation encompassing womenswear and/or menswear.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your agency and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe the collections on your roster and why they appeal to independent retailers.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    International Brand of the Year 2024

    This award offers recognition to exceptional independent fashion brands operating from outside of Britain. Judges will be looking for a strong ethos, business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and evidence of high sell-through rates. The winner will be running a profitable business offering covetable products that appeal to its target market while providing an excellent service to its independent stockists including high margins and aftercare support. This award is open to all independent fashion brands based outside of Great Britain.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your collection and signature products/ designs as well as how the brand appeals to your target customer.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Fashion Distributor of the Year 2024

    Acknowledging the industry’s leading fashion brand distributors across womenswear and menswear, this award will celebrate outstanding suppliers working with independent retailers. Judges will be looking for a profitable distribution operation that provides a standout mix of brands and customer service tailored for its target independent retailers. Its collections will have proven high sell-through rates while it will also actively source new products or introduce exciting international labels to the UK market. Entrants should be offering year-round support to its indie stockists including healthy margins and aftercare. This award is open to all fashion distributors running a multi-brand operation encompassing womenswear and/or menswear.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel you should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe the collections on your roster and why they appeal to independent retailers.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    Female Founded Brand of the Year 2024

    A celebration of female founded fashion brands, this award highlights the industry’s best labels and collections created by and run by women. Entrants will need to outline a solid business plan, customer service offering, growth strategy and strong sell-through rates. The winner will be operating a profitable business offering a high-quality product range that appeals to its target market while providing an excellent service to its independent stockists including high margins and aftercare support. This award is open to all independent female-founded fashion, accessories and footwear brands in the UK and abroad.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your collection and signature products/ designs as well as how the brand appeals to your target customer.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NEW: Jewellery Brand of the Year 2024

    Celebrating the industry’s best jewellery brands, this award is to recognise outstanding ranges sold in womenswear independents. The winner will be offering unique products – either in the fashion jewellery or demi-fine categories – that appeal to boutique buyers and shoppers. Entrants should demonstrate a clear USP, strong business model, exceptional customer service offer, viable growth strategy and strong sell-through potential. Judges will be looking for brands offering a high-quality product range that appeals to its target market while providing an excellent service to independent stockists. This award is open to all independent jewellery brands based in the UK and abroad.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your collection and signature products/ designs as well as how the brand appeals to your target customer.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your independent stockists.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NEW:EPoS Provider of the Year 2024

    New for 2024, this award is to celebrate the fashion industry’s best EPoS providers. Judges will be looking for systems that make retail easier, with functional features that assist various aspects of running their business from taking transactions to buying. Entrants should demonstrate the key benefits of their system and what makes it stand out in the marketplace. The winning EPoS system will be a worthy financial investment that offers clear benefits to its retail customers. Meanwhile, the company will also offer an all-round excellent service from installation to tech support and aftercare. This award is open to all EPoS providers supplying independent womenswear retailers in the UK.

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    1. In no more than 300 words, please tell us why you feel your brand should win this award (please see judging criteria above to help you with your answer).

    2. In no more than 300 words, please tell us the story behind your business and how it has grown since the beginning.

    3. In no more than 200 words, please describe your system and why it’s an essential tool for independent retailers.

    4. In no more than 200 words, please explain how you support your retail customers after initial installation.

    5. In no more than 200 words, please describe your plans for future growth and why you feel you will continue to be a worthy winner of this particular award in the future.

    Supporting material: Please send at least three supporting images to julie@bpmedialtd.co.uk and gemma@bpmedialtd.co.uk

    NOMINATIONS FOR SPECIAL AWARDS:

    Lifetime Achievement 2024

    Open for nominations only, this award is for an individual that has made an outstanding contribution to the industry throughout their career. They will be an industry veteran, championing independent retailers and aiding the sector’s growth and development. This award is open to anyone working in the independent fashion retail and wholesale sector.

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    Why do you think they deserve to win?

    Newcomer 2024 – Sponsored by City Goddess

    This award will recognise an outstanding individual who joined the independent fashion retail community in 2023 or 2024. The winner will be passionate about the industry and contributing to its future success. They will already be a shining star in their current employment and will be eager to play a significant role in the overall industry. The award is open to any individual working on the retail or wholesale side of the industry including retail staff and owners, trade show teams, designers and those working for agencies and distributors.

    Your name:

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    Your business name:

    Nomination name:

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    Nomination business name:

    Why do you think they deserve to win?

    Outstanding Business 2024

    The Outstanding Business award is open to exceptional fashion and lifestyle independents, suppliers and industry events. The winner will be a remarkable business that excels in every area. The finalists for this award will be indies, agents, brands, distributors and trade shows/ events that truly go above and beyond for their customers. Please nominate your favourite retailers, suppliers or trade shows that you admire or are a joy to work with.

    Your name:

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