Your Town Centre after lockdown eased from 15th June

The search is on for Rochdale’s top independent trader!

Independent of the Year is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the best Independents on the UK High Streets and the hunt is underway to find out who should represent Rochdale in the national competition championing independent businesses.


The competition is open to all independently-owned businesses, from butchers and bakers to family-run restaurants, hairdressers, gift shops and hardware stores which will be held throughout the month of July, with the national winner to be unveiled later this year.


So how it works… Business across Rochdale can nominate themselves online and members of the public will then be able to vote for their favourite independent trader via Facebook. The business with the most likes and shares will go forward to represent Rochdale in the national final, going head-to-head with some of the best-loved firms in the UK.


Debbie Hernon, Chief Executive at Rochdale Town Centre Management Company, said:


“Rochdale Town Centre has some amazing local businesses and the Independent of the Year campaign will help bring in more customers. I am really excited to show off what Rochdale has to offer”


To take part in the competition, businesses can nominate themselves by visiting


Notes to editors

17 Jun 2014