COMPETITION! Win A Year of Independent Oxford Membership

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To celebrate the fact Independent Oxford is four year’s old, and we’ve just launch 2019-2020’s membership packages, we’re giving away a year’s free Awesome Membership worth over £150 to one lucky independent business in Oxfordshire!


All you need to do is comment in up to two sentences on today’s @IndependentOxford Instagram post why your business should win and we’ll pick the best on the 22nd March – so you’ve got two weeks to get your thinking caps on!

To qualify, you must run an independent business in Oxfordshire, be invested in being part of a growing local community and have a product you offer to the public. Full terms and conditions are below.

Whether you’re an existing member or new to Independent Oxford here’s the run down of what Independent Oxford do and what membership gets you…

COMPETITION! Win A Year of Independent Oxford Membership


We’re offering one lucky business our Awesome Package free for a year. This package includes…


Directory Listing on which has 20,0000 page views a month
Entry on the online searchable map
Independent Oxford window decal (if you have premises) and/or online sticker
Social media coverage throughout the year to a combined following of over 10K people
Interview blog piece to showcase your business
Highlighted business in at least one Independent Oxford monthly newsletter which goes to 1000 regular readers
Ability to advertise a special offer for Independent Oxford members only
Unlimited event listings on our event page
Attend Indie Oxford Business Meet Ups which always include a topical speaker for free (non-member cost: £7.50 per session)
Opportunity to host your own networking event in collaboration with Independent Oxford
Added to the Independent Oxford Business Community Facebook Group



Discounts for our workshops and exclusive events
To be part of a community that actively generates a steady stream of leads
Increased visibility both locally and online
You benefit from our great working relationships with key city and county partners to help build your business
To reach our highly engaged audience who actively support and shop at indies
Better SEO – we produce regular content keeping us fresh, up to date, and always at the top of search results ensuring good exposure for your business

Finally, we’re always looking for new ways to promote indies so it doesn’t stop there….

COMPETITION! Win A Year of Independent Oxford Membership
Indie Businesses at our March 2019 Meet Up at The Magdalen Arms


We set up Independent Oxford in 2015 after meeting at Wilderness Festival in the Summer of 2014. We both thought Oxford’s independent businesses needed a community support network and we also wanted to prove the people who said “there’s no independent shops in Oxford” wrong (you can see from our directory there are plenty!). We think we’ve come a long way to achieving that so far!

Why are we best placed to run Independent Oxford?

Rosie has worked in retail for over 15 years, both for multiple retailers in product development, buying and ecommerce; as well as building and running all aspects of her own business, A Rosie Life, for the last 5 years. She also offers buying and range planning consultancy.

I’ve worked in events and marketing for the last nine years including Marketing Manager at Arts at the Old Fire Station and Venue Marketing Manager for four years at Oxford University Event Venues covering event management as well as sales and marketing for four venues. I now work on freelance marketing projects and am part-time Marketing Manager for an event management company in the Cotswolds.

Rianna joined us in 2017 as our in house graphic designer and marketing coordinator. She also does runs her own graphic design company, Jam Puppy Design Studio.

As you can see, we’ve got a wide breadth of experience, knowledge and working relationships, giving us a unique platform to help you market your business to the right audience. We are absolutely passionate about supporting independent businesses, and see the independent community as a vital part of the county’s success. We want you to be part of that!

Love Anna, Rosie and Rianna

x x x

Smoke and Thyme Meet Up

The Competition Rules

  • The Independent Oxford Membership Giveaway Competition will commence on Friday 8th March
  • The Independent Oxford Membership Giveaway Competition will finish at 23:59 on Friday 22nd March
  • The winner will be announced on Saturday 23rd March and will be contacted by Instagram messenger.
  • To enter the competition each user must comment under the Instagram post made on 8th March with why they should win an Awesome Package membership.
  • Anyone found to have used multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible
  • Multiple entries from the same user in a single day will not be accepted
  • No cash alternatives will be available instead of the prize tweeted
  • All judges decisions are final and not subject to review.
  • If the winner is already an existing member, the following year’s equivalent membership will be free
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