Retail awards are back by popular demand

The winners of the Community Contribution of the Year award last year, The Southern Co-operative  Picture: Paul Jacobs (151628-50)
The winners of the Community Contribution of the Year award last year, The Southern Co-operative Picture: Paul Jacobs (151628-50)
Fareham Borough Council leader Sean Woodward, mayor and mayoress Cllr Geoff  and Tina Fazackarley, with other councillors at the topping out Picture: Malcolm Wells (171120-8909)

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AN AWARDS scheme to recognise excellence in the retail and leisure industries has returned for a second year.

The Retail and Leisure Awards, run by The News, officially launch today. They are back by popular demand after last year’s successful launch.

The awards will see businesses recognised in 10 categories, including Fashion Retailer of the Year, Leisure Venue of the Year and Independent Retailer of the Year.

And it’s not just the businesses that can get some well-deserved recognition. Hard-working employees can win accolades in the Team Member and Manager of the Year categories.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We do whatever we can to support our retailers and leisure businesses – whether they are large national companies or small start-up independents, they are all part of our vibrant community.

‘I am especially pleased to see these awards return bigger and better and to be recognising some of the employees who make these companies what they are.’

The awards are being supported by Cascades Shopping Centre, Fareham Shopping Centre, Gunwharf Quays, Meridian Shopping Centre and Whiteley Shopping Centre.

Whiteley Shopping Centre manager Neil Carter said: ‘We are delighted to sponsor the awards after sponsoring the hugely successful first awards in 2015.

‘We are looking forward to even more entries as the annual event becomes firmly established in the retail and leisure calendar.’

For details on how to enter go to jpsouthevents.co.uk/events/event/news-retail-leisure-awards-2016/

Closing date for entries is Friday, August 5. Winners will be announced at a gala black tie dinner at Portsmouth Guildhall on September 17.