Who is your 2012 independent shop of the year?

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EVERY year, thousands of visitors flock to Bury St Edmunds to enjoy its heritage, the Abbey Gardens, and the town’s rich mix of shops.

It has been a recipe for the town’s success, the cornerstone of which has been its large number of independent shops.

It is something that Bury has been famed for, something it has prided itself on, and something that Bury Free Press readers will be able to show their appreciation for next month.

According to a survey, 67 per cent of Bury’s town centre shops, are independents.

The first Bury Free Press Business Awards takes place at The Apex on September 21 and as part of our awards we are asking you to nominate your independent retailer of the year.

We will then launch a text vote early next month allowing BFP readers to have their say over who should be crowned as our winner.

“There are so many great independent shops, it will be difficult to pick a winner.

“Thankfully that job is down to our readers,” said BFP events manager Mark Stanford, who is organising the awards.

And there is still a chance to nominate in some of our other categories as well.

There is the Green/ Environmental Award for organisations that have looked to tackle their carbon footprint, and the People Development Award for companies that have shown a real commitment to training and retention of its staff.

There is also the Contribution to the Community Award, and Employee of the Year award for a member of staff who has gone the extra mile.

The Business Innovation Award will celebrate new ideas or products that have determined a company’s success, while the International Trade Award will go to a firm that has shown growth success through its exports.

To nominate, use the coupon or visit https://www2.buryfreepress.co.uk/awards/index.asp or see next week’s paper.