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TODAY we launch the search for your favourite independent retailer.

As part of the inaugural Bury Free Press Business Awards, we are sponsoring the Independent Retailer of the Year Award, which looks to reward the shop which makes this part of West Suffolk special.

And to make the award relevant to the shoppers in West Suffolk, it’s down to you to vote for the winner.

We have 16 nominations and you can text your vote.

Text votes must reach us by August 17.

The winning business and the runners up will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday September 21.

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to the glitzy evening, which will be a black tie event at The Apex hosted by television celebrity Paul Ross.

The 16 retailers nominated for the award are:

1001 Auntie Pam’s Sweet Shop

1002 Beautiful Beers

1003 Bliss Cards

1004 Butterworths

1005 Buy the Light

1006 Camps

1007 Cavern4

1008 Croasdales Chemist

1009 Curry’s Service Centre

1010 Denny Bros Supplies

1011 Gastrono-me

1012 Odyssey

1013 Raspberry Rascals

1014 Runability

1015 The Coffee House

1016 The Stamp Hut

Vote for your Bury Free Press Retailer of the Year as many times as you wish, simply start your text with the word BUR BIZ followed by a space and the number of the business you are voting for followed by your name, house number, postcode and daytime contact telephone number (if different from the mobile used to text).

Send to 61500 Example: “BUR BIZ 1011, Luke Page 160 NN3 2JA 01604 467000”

Text messages cost £1.50 in addition to the standard network charge and should contain no more than 160 characters. Text entries must be received by midnight on Friday, August 17.

Please note if you should enter after the stated closing date/time your vote will not be valid but you may still be charged.