A clutch of High Street Heroes – eight independent stores around the UK – have been shortlisted for the Small Awards to find the best local indie businesses. 

The nominees include Northern Card Gaming, a Northern Ireland hobby and games store that is known for hosting local community events, alongside Sussex git stores Maybugs. 

The winners will be chosen on May 18. 

“These shortlisted businesses are all heroes as they go above and beyond for their local towns, cities and communities, said Michelle Ovens CBE, Founder of Small Business Britain. 

“Independent businesses like these are vital to help keep the nation’s high streets alive, and they play such an important role in bringing people together. We are so excited to announce the winner of the High Street Hero award at this year’s Small Awards in May.”

Adeel Hyder, Business Banking Director at TSB added:

“It’s fantastic to see such an impressive group of businesses that have been shortlisted for the High Street Hero award. Times have been tough recently for independent businesses and it is so encouraging to see such optimism shine through despite the challenges they’ve faced. A huge congratulations to all the finalists.”

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