BUTCHERS, bakers and expert coffee makers are just some of the businesses at the heart of our communities.
From independent fashion shops to the best takeaways in town, the Evening Express Local Retailer Awards 2015 will recognise the retailers who are the lifeblood of the local economy.
The inaugural awards launch today and are open to local businesses across 12 categories.
Run in association with Aberdeen Inspired, the awards will conclude with a glittering ceremony at The Beach Ballroom on October 30.
Evening Express editor Alan McCabe said: “The Evening Express Local Retailer Awards 2015 are our way of recognising the businesses at the heart of our communities.
“These retailers are the lifeblood of the local economy and make our neighbourhoods better places to live.”
Entering the awards is free and is open to all local retailers within Aberdeen and the North-east.
Simply fill out the form online telling us a bit about your business and what makes it special for your chance to be recognised and rewarded.
The closing date for entries is August 21. The awards culminate in the industry event of the year at The Beach Ballroom.
The Evening Express has teamed up with Aberdeen Inspired for the awards.
CEO Gary Craig said: “Aberdeen Inspired are delighted to support the Evening Express Local Retailer Awards 2015.
“We feel it is of utmost importance our local retailers are recognised and rewarded for their valued service to the public.”
Entries can be made online at www.eeretailawards.co.uk
Postal entries can be made by downloading and printing an entry form and sending it to The Evening Express Local Retailer Awards, DC Thomson & Co Ltd, 80 Kingsway East, Dundee, DD4 8SL.