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National Vintage Awards 2014 Open For Nominations

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Vintage businesses are being encouraged to enter the 2014 National Vintage Awards.

Due to take place in Central Birmingham in June 2014, the NVAs were created in 2012 to celebrate the small, independent businesses that keep the vintage scene alive. They are open to any business or individual in the UK that feel they deserve recognition for their hard work and passion for vintage and antiques.

The second annual awards sees several new categories added to its selection, including Best Vintage Artist, which includes graphic artists, traditional painters and photographers, and Best Vintage Entertainment, which opens up the awards to DJs, burlesque artists and other event performers.

The NVAs have also brought on board two new award sponsors; the Vintage Academy for the Breakthrough Business Award, and Le Keux Cosmetics for the new Beauty & Grooming Award. The Breakthrough Business Award is for businesses formed within the last two years and the Beauty & Grooming Award will be presented to an individual hair stylist or make-up artist.

In addition the Best Pin Up Award, last year sponsored by Vintage Life magazine, is now free to enter, as is the Vintage Directory Personality award which has been set up for the public to nominate their favourite person in the vintage industry.

"We were absolutely delighted with how the first ever National Vintage Awards went last year, so we knew we just had to repeat it, especially as we had so much positive feedback," said Kate Molloy, who organises the awards, "After this year's awards, we listened to the ideas and suggestions from the businesses involved and have added and removed categories as a result. We hope this new structure will prove popular and we know next year's event will be even better than this year!"

Alongside tickets to the evening event, presentation with an official 'NVA Winner' award, and the title of 'Best in the UK', winners will enjoy a comprehensive winner's package including a year's free advertising in The Vintage Directory, publicity via Le Keux Vintage Salon's website which gets over a million hits per year and a goody bag full of vintage treats.

All nominees will receive a complimentary 'PR pack' to help them draw in public votes, including an example press release, flyers, and also a month on the NVA website during the voting process, complete with a website link.

Businesses should nominate themselves at before 31st March 2014. Public voting opens in May 2014 and businesses who are short listed for an award will be announced on 1st June 2014, with the ceremony itself taking place a few weeks later.



The National Vintage Awards is run by Kate Molloy, the owner of The Vintage Directory. The first event in 2013 had over 70 nominations, with over 13,000 public votes being cast across the 10 categories. Over 200 people attended the ceremony, which took place at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Photographs from the 2013 event can be downloaded here:

A full media pack is available by contacting Kate at

Sponsors include:

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