The Local & Loved 2014 campaign is now underway with members of the public being asked to nominate their favourite independent businesses in Eastbourne.
The competition is run by The Best of Eastbourne, an organisation aimed at making life better for everyone in the community and supporting local businesses and charities.
David Ruddle, who is behind the group, said, “Local, independent businesses are vital to Eastbourne. They are the life blood of our High Street and town. They provide the variety, choice, personal service and, most importantly, employment so are vital to keep Eastbourne vibrant.
“We are lucky enough to have some amazing independent businesses in Eastbourne and it’s about time we raised their profile. The Local & Loved Business Awards 2014 isn’t another opportunity for industry heads to pat themselves on the back. These awards are voted for the public, the consumer as we believe their opinion counts most.”
Launched on February 1 and running until midnight on Valentine’s Day, locals can vote for any businesses they love by visiting www.thebestof.co.uk/vote. The results will be displayed every day on the “love-o-meter” at www.thebestof.co.uk/love-o-meter until February 13, with the winners being announced on February 17.
Last year Paperlane in Hampden Park won followed by The Farm at Friday Street and Will’s Restaurant Bar.