Last chance to enter The News Retail and Leisure Excellence Awards

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IT’S your last chance to get your entries in for The News’ inaugural Retail and Leisure Excellent Awards.

They have been flooding in but the closing date is tomorrow and now retailers across the area are being encouraged to submit their entries before it’s too late.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We’ve had a great response to our awards from businesses across the area.

‘I would encourage all retailers to get their entries in before it’s too late.’

There are 12 categories including Fashion Retailer of the Year, Leisure Venue of the Year and Independent Specialist Retailer of the Year.

For details on how to enter the awards, see the panel on the left.

The winning entries are going to be announced at our awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, North Harbour, on Saturday, September 26.

Tickets are now on sale and are priced at £49.50 each, including a meal and half a bottle of wine per person. To buy them please visit

The Categories

Fashion Retailer of the Year

Non Fashion Retailer of the Year

Online Retailer of the Year

New Retailer of the Year

Bar/Restaurant of the Year

Leisure Venue of the Year

Customer Service Awards

Employee of the Year

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Manager of the Year

Community Contribution of the Year

How to Enter

To enter these awards, go to where an entry form, the rules and criteria can be downloaded from The News Retail & Leisure Excellence Awards page.

Alternatively, send a brief email to containing the name of the business and contact details. An entry pack will then be sent to you.

The forms need to be completed and sent back with your entries by Friday, August 7, 2015 to the address provided on the entry form. A panel of judges will decide on the winners.

Winners will be announced at a black tie dinner at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel on Saturday, September 26.

Sponsorship opportunities

Raise your company profile by supporting these awards and sponsoring a category. For full sponsorship details contact Liz Parker 02392 622206