A number of north-east businesses have made the shortlist of a national retail awards.
In total 18 companies from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire were recognised in 10 of the 27 categories belonging to the Scottish Independent Retail Awards.
Taking place for the ninth time, the awards champion independent retailers from all over Scotland who enhance the local community and economy.
Not only do they showcase those with entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to customer satisfaction, they also focus on understanding and managing customers expectations, as well as delivering good quality service.
Businesses can vote for themselves in the awards and the public can also vote for business’ they believe deserve recognition.
Eatery of the year is one of the strongest categories for the north-east with four businesses from the area shortlisted.
An awards spokesman said: “These are the ninth Scottish Independent Retail Awards and we would like to thank the public for making the awards one of the most respected in the industry.
“Undoubtedly independent retailers are the very backbone of the Scottish economy as they make huge contributions to the country’s revenue by creating employment opportunities and enhancing the communities they operate within.
“The competition is really tough this year, but each finalist has their own success story to tell. We can’t wait to welcome our guests and celebrate the 2019 winners with them.”
See the list of north-east finalists below:
Specialist Retailer of the Year
- Cocoa Ooze Ltd (Aberdeen)
- Nom Nom Fudge (Aberdeen)
- ABZ Games (Aberdeen)
Book Shop of the Year
- Books and Beans (Aberdeen)
Independent Pet Supplies Store of the Year
- Dedicated Dogs (Aberdeen)
- Enzos Empawrium (Alford)
Menswear Retailer of the Year
- Signature Menswear (Aberdeen)
Bespoke Retailer of the Year
- Curated Stories (Aberdeen)
Bakery of the Year (North)
- Cupcakes by Jo (Aberdeen)
Hair & Beauty Salon of the Year (North)
- Ruby Tuesday Hair and Beauty (Aberdeen)
- Fusion Hairdressing (Stonehaven)
Florist of the Year
- Aberdeen Flowers (Aberdeen)
Coffee Shop of the Year
- The Long Dog Café (Aberdeen)
- The Cult Of Coffee (Aberdeen)
Eatery of the Year
- Cool Gourmet (Stonehaven)
- FreshMex (Aberdeen)
- Café 83 (Inverurie)
- Union Café & Bistro (Aberdeen)