IT is now time for you to decide which business should be crowned small retailer of the year.
We’re on the hunt to find the best shop and the one that really stands out and shines brightest in our communities.
Your nominations have been collected, and a short list of the ones that proved most popular has been drawn up.
Now is the chance to vote for which business out of the list below is worthy of being crowned the best small retailer in the latest of The News’ reader choice awards.
Mark Waldron, editor of The News, has emphasised how important small retailers are and the influence they have on our local economy.
He said: ‘It’s time to vote and make sure that your favourite small retailer gets the exposure it deserves.’
The News is a huge fan of independent stores with bags of character and charm and a love of the customers they serve – and our contest is a great way of showing that.
We feel it is important to give these community stores with all of their different unique selling points the recognition they deserve.
As reported, readers were able to vote for any kind of small business, whether that be a butcher, baker or even a candlestick maker – just as long as the shop was based locally and employed no more than 10 people.
Everyone’s nomination also had to have a shop front and internet-based businesses did not qualify,
Those that were part of a national chain were also discounted.
Once your votes are counted, we’ll announce the winner and present them with a trophy.
How to vote
To nominate, fill in the form in The News today and send it back to us.
Alternatively, send a text message starting with PENSR14V, the voting number of the small retailer you are voting for, plus your name to 65550.
The total message must not exceed 155 characters.
For example, your message could be: PENSR14V 100 Jane Brown
All nominations must be received by 10am on Monday, October 20, 2014.
Votes received after this time won’t be counted.
101 Absolute Running & Nobes Sports, 55-57 Stoke Road, Gosport
102 All Seasons, 135A High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent
103 Churchills, Marmion Road, Southsea
104 Dash and Cox, 191 Stoke Road, Gosport
105 Hayling Wheelchair Services, 27 Rails Lane, Hayling Island
106 Heming & Co, The Square, Wickham, Fareham
107 In With The In Crowd, 162 West Street, Fareham
108 New Media UK, Unit 12 Trading Post, The Boardwalk, Port Solent
109 News Boutique, Mengham Road, Hayling Island
110 Parkers DIY, London House, Hambledon Road, Denmead
111 Preloved Portsmouth, 99 Palmerston Road, Southsea
112 Queen’s Parade Newsagents, Privett Road, Gosport
113 Sally’s Shabby Chic, 353 Forton Road, Gosport
114 Salutations of Alverstoke, 49 Village Road, Gosport
115 Sandwich Bar, Marmion Road, Southsea
116 Tangier Road Butchers, 26 Tangier Road, Copnor, Portsmouth