Entries close as judges start shortlist

Rae Bryden, manager at Joules in Gunwharf Quays, who was the Manager of the Year winner and was runner-up in the Fashion Store of the Year category at The News's Retail and Leisure Awards in 2016.  Picture: Sarah Standing (170883-5016)

Shortlist revealed for The News Retail and Leisure Awards 2017

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ENTRIES for the Local Business Accelerators campaign, supported by The News, have closed.

The campaign is run nationally and offers young small or medium businesses the chance to win a free advertising campaign, and mentor support.

It is run by the Newspaper Society, and regional winners go through to a national final to be in with a chance of being mentored by Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden. A panel of judges will now sort through the entries from the Portsmouth area, and invite those who have been shortlisted to make a presentation about why they deserve to win the prize.