Sheffield businesses are urging customers to vote in this years Exposed Awards which celebrate the best independent establishments the city has to offer.
The annual awards, which are in their thirteenth year, will recognise the top bars, clubs and cafes as voted for by Steel City residents at a grand awards ceremony in May.
Winners of the ‘Best Club Night’ award at last years event, The Leadmill, are hoping for more success at this year’s awards.
A spokesperson for the club said: “The Exposed Awards are a big deal in Sheffield. They’re the biggest local awards voted for by the people of Sheffield.
“That’s why we’re always so keen to win – it means we’ve got the seal of approval from local people in Sheffield.
“This year has been the biggest in our history – we’ve put on more events than ever before so we’re hopeful we’ll see a win somewhere
“We’re asking people to vote for us in four categories this year, so fingers crossed people will see the amazing work our team has done and lend us their vote.”
Other awards up for grabs include ‘Best Bar’, ‘Best Cultural Attraction’, ‘Best Local Event’, and ‘Made in Sheffield’ – plus a brand new ‘Special Contribution to Sheffield’ award for 2019.
The Steam Yard on Devonshire Street is another favourite for this years awards after being named ‘Best Deli/Cafe’ in 2017 and securing nomination again last year.
Co-founder Matt Cottrill said: “While we don’t chase awards and accolades, when people take time out of their day to vote and recognise us as the place they spend their time it means a lot.
“Exposed Magazine is representative of our home town and the people who visit us daily so it’s obviously lovely to be nominated and the year we won was amazing.
“Sheffield has such a strong cafe culture with our friends running such great businesses and pushing things forwards in their own ways, which is amazing.
“This year if we were to be nominated again it would be cool, but as long as people come and hang out and have a great time that’s our main focus.”
The award ceremony is known for being lively and this year should be no different. A Mardi Gras themed celebration with food drinks, fancy dress and live entertainment is planned for May.
Exposed editor, Joe Food, said: “The awards are all about celebrating the great and the good, that’s everything from bars, clubs and pubs to hairdresser, cafes and cultural attractions.
“It’s basically for people to shout about what they love about the city, living here, and the great people that make it such a good place to live.
“People tend to get quite done up for the event, it’s a bit of a night out and a chance for people to let their hair down.
“You’ve got a lot of hard-working independent businesses around Sheffield and the awards are just our way of celebrating that, giving people a pat on the back and a good night out as well.”
The awards will take place on Thursday 16 May at 92 Burton Road, the home of the popular Peddler Market. Tickets are priced at £35, which includes guests food and drink.
Another change made this year is that there will be not one, but two, afterparties following the event, with the nearby Cutlery Works and West Street’s FirePit Rocks as the chosen venues.
Voting for the awards is now open and will take place until April when the final nominations for each category are selected.
One lucky voter will also win £200 in Meadowhall vouchers.
People can register to vote at: www.exposedmagazine.co.uk.