Sunderland’s booming retail sector, including the city’s most stylish individuals and outlets, are set to be celebrated with the combining of two major award ceremonies at the 2016 Retail and Style Awards.
The event, jointly organised by the Bridges shopping centre and Sun FM radio station, is being sponsored by Sunderland’s Business Improvement District. The awards will give shops, restaurants, bars, hairdressers and beauty salons the opportunity to be recognised.
Ken Dunbar, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID states:
“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase businesses of all types and sizes, including the city’s burgeoning restaurant and cafe scene and to recognise their innovation and hard work.”
There are eight retail awards and eight style awards on offer throughout the night. Categories in the retail section include awards for retailers of various sizes, Best Customer Service, Employee of the Year, Manager of the Year, Up and Coming Business and the Experience It Here award for the best City Centre experience – covering everything from an event to first class customer service.
In the style section, nominations are being sought for the Most Stylish Mackem along with sections for top bars, restaurants and salons. Individual awards for top bloggers and the city’s most Glam Mam can also be expected.
Attendees at the glitzy ceremony – which will include live music, dinner and a fashion show – will also get the opportunity to come away with an award on the night; a Red Carpet honour being given out to the best dressed.
Tickets for the event are priced at £39 each and subject to availability. They are available to buy from the customer service desk in the Bridges or via Eventbrite.
A short-list for each category will be drawn up by a judging panel, which will then be put to a public vote.
Nominations can be made online at Sun-FM Retail & Style Awards and will close at the end of March, with the awards evening taking place at the Bridges on April 23rd 2016.