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Round 1 of the Muddy Awards has closed!

Roll that drum and listen up everyone!

The first round of the Muddy Awards closed on Wednesday 24 May; next it’s the live final!  Watch this space.

Ever been bowled over by a small business that you think deserves recognition for being brilliant?  Well, now’s your chance to do your bit.

The awards are the bees knees, the dogs… ahem, you get my drift.  They’ve been going for five years in Bucks and Oxon and this year they’re running simultaneously across 18 counties including, for the first time, Devon. Muddy Stilettos is all about quality and curation, so to win a Muddy Award is a real achievement.

Anyone can nominate a business and entry is gratis, nada, free as a bean.  Here’s how it works:

Nominations open at Muddy Devon from midday, Weds 3 May and are open until Wed 24 May 2017. During this time there will be a special on-line form on the website so that you can vote during this first round.  If you’re a business who’d like to get involved ask a friend (or better still, all of your customers!) to nominate you and you’re away.

We then count up the nominations we’ve received and produce a top 5 under each category based on the quantity of votes received in the first round.  Then we enter round 2 which runs from Weds 7 – 14 June, and we invite all readers to go into a refreshed voting page and cast your vote for your Muddy Awards 2017 winner of each category.

Many of the 27 Muddy Awards 2017 categories are niche, deliberately included to help the cool, small indie businesses who don’t get a look in during bigger, more traditional awards, so *please-please-beg-weep-please* take time to scroll through them and vote in as many categories as you can. It could make all the difference to a brilliant local business.

Winners will be announced on Weds 14 June (eek! I’m excited already).  They will receive a unique Muddy Stilettos certificate and an Awards window rosette, as well as lots of Muddy help gaining coverage in regional and social media. And if that wasn’t enough, an exclusive Awards Drinks for winners will be held, details of which will be announced soon  (goes without saying there will be fizz will be involved, though).  Please see below for the full list of categories.


Best… Art Gallery; Bar; Beauty Salon; Bookshop; Boutique Stay; Café; Children’s Store; Complementary Therapy Centre; Day Spa; Deli/Farm Shop; Destination Pub; Family Attraction; Fitness Instructor; Florist; Glamping Site; Local Food Producer; Gift Shop; Hair Salon; Interiors; Jewellery Store; Mens’ Store; Photographer; Restaurant; Theatre; Wine Shop; Women’s Store; Yoga/Pilates Studio

Muddy Stilettos, what’s that then?

Muddy Stilettos is the most influential lifestyle blog in the South of England. Started in 2012 by ex Independent and Red journalist Hero Brown to cover events and businesses in Bucks & Oxon, the blog has since expanded into a further 16 counties – Berkshire, Cambs, Cornwall, Devon, Glos, Hampshire, Herts, Kent, Leics, Northants, Norfolk, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex, Warwickshire & Wiltshire.

Muddy Stilettos was one of 8 Finalists in the Best Arts & Culture category of the UK National Blog Awards 2017.

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