Voters have just over a week to nominate outstanding independent retailers for Go Forth Stirling’s annual Business Awards.
Submissions for the 2024 honours close on Monday December 11 with close to 1500 nominations across the various categories already.
The awards – run by Go Forth Stirling BID – recognise and reward the exceptional business owners and teams behind Stirling’s flourishing independent scene and are voted for by the public.
There are 11 categories and voters can submit a local business for each award via a dedicated webpage – www.independentstirling.co.uk/awards
The categories cover the retail, hospitality, hair & beauty and professional services sectors and the awards will be presented during a black-tie ceremony at the city’s Albert Halls next March.
So far, there have been 1,487 nominations highlighting Stirling restaurants, attractions, shops, bars, charities, cafes and service-led businesses.
Go Forth Stirling’s Community Engagement Manager Jitka Fleglova said: “We’re pleased to see so many people get involved in the first round of the voting process nominating their favourite businesses in the range of categories on offer.
There’s still time to nominate the wonderful independent shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, charities, attractions and other retailers we have in Stirling before it’s time for us to collate the businesses with the most nominations and put them through to the next round.”
The annual Stirling Business Awards are one of Go Forth’s many initiatives which aim to support and showcase Stirling’s diverse range of independent traders. There are 11 awards categories including Café/Coffee Shop of The Year, Visitor Attraction of the Year, Hair & Beauty Business of the Year and Retailer of the Year.
There is also a New Business of the Year Award – recognising businesses which began trading in 2023 – and a Business Support Service of the Year honour to reward companies which offer services such as graphic design, accountancy and IT consultancy.
Also on the list is an award for Service-led Business of the Year which includes healthcare firms, solicitors, tailors, mortgage advisors, repair shops, estate agents and property letting companies.
Other awards are Charity of the Year Award, Restaurant of the Year, Pub/Bar/Club of the Year and the special honour of Outstanding Contribution to Stirling. Nominees should be independent businesses which are based within the city centre BID zone.
Once nominations close on Monday December 11, a longlist of the most popular businesses will be drawn up and a second round of voting will open just before Christmas to choose a shortlist of winners in each category.
Go Forth Stirling are also seeking sponsors for the awards including an overall main sponsor and sponsors for each award category.
Anyone interested in finding out more about sponsorship opportunities should contact email@example.com while more information about the awards is also available via www.goforthstirling.co.uk/business-awards/
Go Forth Stirling is the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) which represents more than 600 business owners with a key objective of increasing visitors to the city and devising initiatives to help make it a more welcoming destination for businesses and shoppers.
For more information, visit www.goforthstirling.co.uk