Vote for your favourite small shop of the year

Southsea's Albert Road is home to some great small shops
Southsea's Albert Road is home to some great small shops
Ken's Fried Chicken in Commercial Road, Portsmouth Picture:  Google Maps

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OUR Small Retailer of the Year competition is coming to a close – and your nominations have continued flowing in.

Whether its a cosy coffee shop or a colourful florist, we have listed your favourites. Now it is your chance to select the best in town.

There are 37 shops listed in the final and now readers are being called upon. Traditional butchers, grocers and sweet shops have made it alongside the more modern gift and wedding dress shops.

Our high streets are something we all want to save, and these are just some of the hundreds of shops across our city, and beyond, who are keeping the institution of independent traders alive.

Friendly staff, and bespoke craftsmanship were among your reasons for nominating your favourite shops.

Now we’re asking for your to vote for your favourite from our list of top shops.

We have been profiling some of the nominees but now is the time to step forward and pick a winner.

The winner of this year’s Small Retailer of the Year award will be presented with a trophy by the editor of The News, Mark Waldron.

Mark said: ‘Now we know our readers’ favourite shops, we just need you to help us choose a favourite.

‘There is a real mix of shop types that represent the diversity not only of the city but in Gosport and Leigh Park, too. Well done to everyone who has got through to the final – I look forward to handing the trophy over to our deserving winner.’

To make sure your voice is heard, fill in the form printed in The News today with the name of your favourite shop from the shortlist and post it to: Small Retailer of the Year, Promotions Dept, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth, Hants, PO6 3EN by December 18.

THE SHORTLIST

· Homeflair, Lee-on-the- Solent

· Rokii, Victoria Rd South, Southsea

· Amazon Experience, Gosport

· Blooms and Balloons, Portsmouth

· Weddings of Distinction, Gosport

· Hilsea Hardware, Portsmouth

· Trevor Pope Motorcycles, Gosport

· Tangier Road Butchers, Copnor

· Gilbert’s Sweet Shop, Southsea

· 157 Store, Fareham

· Southsea Nets, Southsea

· Buckwells Butchers, Southsea

· Flo and Stan, Southsea

· Real Country Butchers, Portsmouth

· Portsmouth Fruit and Flower, Portsmouth

· Strawberry Lemonade, Copnor

· AllStyles Scooter, Hilsea

· Adelphi Books, Southsea

· A R Shoe Repairs, Leigh Park

· Bizzie Bees, Gosport

· The Book Shop, Lee-on-the-Solent

· Bored of Southsea, Southsea

· Bransbury Park Butchers, Eastney

· Capital Cake Craft, Portsmouth

· Cedar News, Milton

· Charmaine of Southsea, Albert Road

· Flowers at Tiffany’s, Albert Road

· Hilbornes Traditional Sweets, Southsea

· Interior Trading Co, Southsea

· Posy Parkers, Southsea

· Southsea Health Food Shop, Southsea

· Tibbles Florists, Waterlooville

· Tango Tea, Southsea

· Ultraviolet Florists, Southsea

· Ushers Fruit and Veg, Cosham

· Marilyns Floral Boutique, Southsea

· Daisy Chain Gift Shop, Southsea