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Vintage Suitcase up for Breakthrough Business gong at National Vintage Awards

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A UTTOXETER company dedicated to all things vintage has been shortlisted for a new business award.

The Vintage Suitcase, which was started by former Thomas Alleyne’s High School pupil Allison Elkes and her business partner Gemma Miller, has made the shortlist for the Breakthrough Business award at this year’s National Vintage Awards set to be held in Birmingham.

The have been shortlisted alongside two other business - Blighty Bazaar which are a vintage clothes shop in Lemington Spa and Born Bad Betty which makes 40s and 50s inspired shoes.

Mrs Miller said: “After a public vote which saw us placed third, it is now down to a panel of judges from the vintage world who will decide who is the deserved winner.

“Our dresses have been chosen and we’ve booked in at The Vintage Salon in The Custard Factory as a special treat to ourselves to reward our hard work over the past year.

“We feel honoured just to have been shortlisted but we’re keeping everything crossed for the big night. We’d also like to thank everyone who took the time out to vote for us.”

The National Vintage Awards, which are now in their second year, was started by 31-year-old Kate Molloy, owner of The Vintage Directory, after she discovered a gap in the market for national recognition of the best vintage businesses in the UK.

Potential nominees can apply for prestigious awards including Vintage Beauty and Grooming, Best Online Vintage Shop and Best Vintage Fair, in addition to a number of new awards added to this year’s line-up, including Best Vintage Artist and Best Vintage Entertainment.

The awards are held tomorrow at The Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham.

The ladies behind The Vintage Suitcase are currently preparing for The Summer of Vintage Festival at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Saturday, August 2, following on from the success of A Very Vintage Christmas.

Alongside their formula of handpicked vintage and handmade traders, their Uttoxeter event will see the addition of street food vendors in converted vintage vehicles and an outdoor stage with live music.

Mrs Miller added: “2013 was a phenomenal year for us and we attracted more than 5,000 visitors to our vintage events. We’ve always loved the vintage scene and it seems that people just can’t get enough of it right now.”

The vintage traders setting up stalls on the day generally deal in clothing, furniture, homewares and memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1980s.

More information on the awards is available at http://thenationalvintageawards.co.uk/

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