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Muddy Awards 2018: Info for Businesses

Welcome to the Muddy Awards 2018!

**STOP PRESS: Voting goes live this Monday at around 4pm. The awards microsite will be clearly signposted from the front page of Muddy Hants. It will go live on Monday. Either share this link with your followers OR the specific page for your category within the micro-site.

We’re all about celebrating unique, quirky and utterly brilliant local businesses. It’s free-as-bean including the intimate winners’ drinks at our brilliant local vineyard, Hattingley Valley Wines and with the awards held simultaneously across 19 counties, each with 24 categories, there’ll be a lorra lorra PR and social buzz.

This year’s categories are…

Art Gallery; Bar; Beauty Salon: Bookshop; Boutique Stays; Cafe; Children’s Business; Day Spa; Farmhop/Deli; Destination Pub; Family Attraction; Fitness Instructor; Local Food/Drink Producer; Florist; Gift Shop; Hair Salon; Interiors Store; Jewellery Store; Photographer; Restaurant; Theatre/Arts Venue; Wine Merchant; Women’s Store; Yoga/Pilates Studio.

To enter simply ask your email subscribers, social followers and customers to nominate your business. The link to share will go live on April 23, when you can head to and click on the awards micro-site where you’ll find the voting page for each category.

Meanwhile, grab the logos on this page for your social, website, email list, press contacts… heck print it out and fly-drop it from the skies if you so desire. N.B. there’s a transparent version below as well.

When posting on Instagram and Twitter make sure you follow and tag @MuddyHants and we’ll do our best to give you some social loving (bearing in mind the hundreds of businesses who will be doing the same!)

First Round nominations open on Mon April 23 and close on Sun May 6.

The Top 5 businesses in each category will go through to the Finals. Voting reopens on Mon 14 May and ends on Fri 18 May. NOTE: voting in the second round starts from zero again. Winners will be announced on Mon 21 May, ready for the Winners Drinkies at Hattingley Valley Wines on Thur 24 May.




How much does it cost to enter?

Nada, gratis, free-as-a-bean. The winners drinks are too, as are the winners stickers and certificates. At Muddy, we love local, independent businesses and we want to use our national clout to give you all some well-deserved publicity – and we hope post-awards that you’d like to work with us! Please get in touch with Mary:, we’d be happy to chat and send you our media pack. But this is NOT a pre-requisite for joining the awards: we’re passionate about supporting and promoting the plucky, unique and brilliant companies that add so much to our local lives and the awards are one way that we can do this.


How do we enter?

So, SO simple. Just ask your email subscribers, social followers and customers to nominate your business: the link to share is coming soon. Feel free to use this logo as well if you want to make the message more eye-catching.


If we win, do we automatically have editorial on the site?

Winners and finalists are all mentioned in a post-awards round-up and when we write guides throughout the year we try to mention our winners and finalists but as we are a free awards (in fact it costs us money to run them!) there is no further guaranteed editorial.


What do finalists get?

In truth, every business who enters is a winner due to the huge buzz around the awards and the association with Muddy. Finalists are sent digital awards logos which they can use in marketing material throughout the year and, on request, the PDF. of a personalised certificate which they can print out.


What do winners get?

Winners come to our drinks at Hattingley Valley Wines on Thurs 24 May where they are awarded personalised certificates and winners stickers, plus of-course there’s the kudos of being a Muddy award-winner which is recognised across 18 counties. They also have guaranteed access to our normally invite-only Little Black Book best business guide.

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