More than twenty independent businesses in Stevenage and North Hertfordshire have made it to the regional finals of the Muddy Stilettos.

Residents now have the chance to vote for their favourites to make it to the national final of the popular small business awards.

Voting in the Herts & Beds Muddy Stilettos Awards Regional Finals has already opened, and residents have until 1pm on April 18 to choose their favourite in each category.


Five businesses have made it to the regional finals in each of the 21 categories, with our local finalists listed below:

Best Arts, Culture and Theatre

  • The Living Theatre Whitwell (Hitchin)

Best Bar

  • The Wee Vinoteca (Hitchin)

Best Beauty Salon/Clinic

  • Elysian Beauty and Aesthetics Clinic (Knebworth)

Best Boutique Stay

  • The Fox at Willian (Letchworth)
  • The Meadows at Polehanger (Shefford)

Best Café

  • Batch Fifty Two (Baldock)
  • Fussey & Baer (Hitchin)
  • The Groundworks (Hitchin)

Best Casual Dining

  • Dirty Dough Pizza Co (Hitchin)
  • Vutie Beets (Letchworth)

Best Children's Business

  • Tutti Frutti (Letchworth)

Best Event Venue

  • The Barn at The Farmhouse Redcoats (Hitchin)

Best Family Attraction

  • British Schools Museum (Hitchin)
  • Shepreth Wildlife Park (Royston)
  • Standalone Farm (Letchworth)

Best Fitness Instructor

  • Charlotte Philo, Philofit (Stevenage)

Best Hair Salon

  • Greys Hairdressing (Hitchin)
  • Polished Studio (Hitchin)

Best Lifestyle Store

  • Megan's Crafty Creations (Great Offley)

Best Local Food/Drink Producer

  • Neighbourhood Bakes (Hitchin)

Best Yoga/Pilates Studio

  • The Pilates Corner (Baldock)

To cast your vote, visit before 1pm on Thursday, April 18.