A search has been launched to find Wellingborough’s independent shop of the year.
The Wellingborough Independent of the Year competition is open to all independently-owned businesses, from butchers and bakers to family-run restaurants, hairdressers, gift shops and hardware stores.
Businesses across the town can nominate themselves online and members of the public will then be able to vote for their favourite independent trader via Facebook.
The business with the most likes and shares will go forward to represent Wellingborough in the national final of Independent of the Year, going head-to-head with some of the best-loved firms in the UK.
It has been organised in the town by the Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), which stages promotions and events.
John Cable, Wellingborough BID manager, said: said: “We have a lot to be proud of in our town centre and this is a wonderful chance for people to have their say on what they love most about the high street.
“There are some fabulous, quirky and unique goods on sale in our town centre and we feel it’s time to start celebrating them.
“We must also remember the major advantage of free parking we have in the town centre as well.”
The competition will be held throughout July, with the national winner to be unveiled later this year.
National organiser of Independent of the Year, retail expert Corin Birchall, said: “Independent businesses are the life and soul of our high street, giving a sense of character to the area and helping to ensure money is kept within the local economy.
“We want this competition to stimulate debate in the area and get people talking about their town and the shops and businesses they love. It’s a chance to champion what we have and showcase all that’s great about the modern British high street.”
To take part in the competition, businesses can nominate themselves by visiting www.independentoftheyear.org.