Winner of Nottingham Independent Business Competition Announced

Debbie Ryan wins Nottingham Independent Business Competition

Debbie Bryan gift shop and tea room has been revealed as the overall winner of the It’s in Nottingham Independent Business Competition 2016, organised by the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), as part of its three month long campaign to highlight the strength and diversity of independent retail and leisure businesses in the city centre.

Located on St Mary’s Gate in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market, Debbie Bryan specialises in British craftsmanship, stocking a wide range of lighting pieces, ceramics, jewellery, artwork and high quality textiles, alongside Debbie Bryan’s own signature scarves and brooches.  They also have a tea room and host a range of craft events.  It has a great heritage and history in the city.

To arrive at the final result in the competition, an independent judging panel comprising of Jodie Baker of last year’s winners The Treat Kitchen; Catherine Mayhew from Nottingham City Council; Suzy Harris, retail expert at Nottingham Trent University and Kevin Urquhart, managing director of regional magazine, Sixty Nine Degrees considered the findings of mystery shoppers who had visited the top ten businesses.

They had rated the ten businesses on a range of criteria including staff friendliness, customer service, product range, knowledge and individuality.  The top ten had been arrived at by a public vote which saw over 100 businesses nominated.

Nottingham BID director and owner of independent gift shop, The Tokenhouse, Geoff Williams, said: “Many congratulations to Debbie Bryan on winning the competition.  We have lots of great well established independent businesses in the city centre as well as many new and emerging ones, so there was plenty of competition for the title but Debbie Bryan is a worthy winner.”

One of the  judges Kevin Urquhart commented: “I loved the creativity of Debbie Bryan; the retail and craft sides combined to make a compelling must-visit store. And customers obviously love it too, as they are very vocal supporters. Well done.”

“Being shortlisted in the top ten was great and provided a real boost to our business because it drew attention to us,” said Debbie Bryan.  “It’s a real coup to have won the competition and when you look at the past winners, we are in some great company.”

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