The Evening Express Retailer Awards 2018 celebrated north-east businesses at a glittering ceremony.
The commitment of those working in the retail industry was recognised at the Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel.
A total of 14 accolades were up for grabs at the ceremony, which was hosted by magician Ben Hanlin, who is known for performing hilarious tricks on celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Sharon Osborne and Gary Barlow.
A number of new categories were introduced this year including Local Produce Retailer of the Year, which aimed to recognise businesses selling fresh and outstanding produce.
The award, which was sponsored by Malmaison, was won by JK Fine Foods. In addition, Chattan Quality Meats and Cupcakes By Jo were highly commended in the category.
One of Aberdeen’s popular shopping centres, Bon Accord, supported the Fashion Retailer of the Year category.
The Slater Menswear team were over the moon to come out on top for the second year in a row.
Aberdeen Inspired, which aims to revitalise the city centre for a long-term sustainable future, sponsored the Union Street Champion of the Year award, won by The Trinity Centre, as well as the Outstanding Contribution to Retail category, which went to Stuart Milne of Finnies.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We have been proud to support the Evening Express Retailer Awards since they were first established. They have grown to be an established part of the north-east calendar and given a well-deserved platform for the achievements of our local businesses.
“It was a fantastic event last night and a pleasure to celebrate both long-established and emerging retailers in our city centre.
“On behalf of Aberdeen Inspired, I would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists, and of course, the winners.”
For the first time, a new “wildcard” category was introduced. Loyal customers were given the chance to decide which successful business would win the Reader’s Choice Retailer of the Year award.
Cupcakes By Jo, “a one-woman cake factory” run by Jo Gale, scooped the prestigious award at last night’s ceremony.
Other winners included Innocent Aesthetics (Beauty Salon of the Year), Cafe Boheme (Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year) and Stepping Stones Childrenswear Ltd (Specialist Retailer of the Year).
Guests at the awards enjoyed miniature cocktails provided by Soul Bar.
A delicious three-course meal was also served, along with entertainment from Bridge of Don-based Scott School of Dance and popular local band 5th Avenue.
Guests also generously supported the Evening Express’ chosen charity Charlie House, which helps children and young people with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions in the north-east.
Evening Express editor Craig Walker said: “The awards are a way of celebrating the outstanding individuals and businesses who are doing great things in our area.
“The quality of entries this year was, once again, extremely high, making it a great achievement to make it to the finals night.
“Every finalist has played a key role in keeping our high streets vibrant and healthy and we are delighted to be recognising their achievements.”