Awards down to a shortlist

THE shortlist has been announced for annual shopping centre awards.

The second Sanderson Arcade awards will take place in Morpeth next month to reward good customer service and business practice.

Outlets have been putting themselves forward for awards in seven categories, including honours for individual staff members, and a shortlist has now been drawn up by a panel of judges.

The list includes:

Business Manager of the Year, sponsored by Inside Morpeth and ThruYorDoor Leaflet Delivery: Krystyna Dodds, Curiously Wicked; Hannah Chiarella, The Body Shop; Paul Perry, Central Bean; Rosarie Noon, Marks and Spencer.

Green Business of the Year, sponsored by WCRS: Curiously Wicked; Fat Face; Paperchase; Hobbs.

Customer Service Team of the Year, sponsored by The Flagman: Waterstones; Crew Clothing; JoJo Maman Bebe; East; Barluga.

Community Engagement Award, sponsored by Beach Design: Waterstones; Marks and Spencer; Frank Bird Menswear; Andrew Archbold, The Wellness Centre.

Shining Star Award, sponsored by Capital FM: John Snowdon, Sanderson Arcade Beadle; Andrew Laurie, Barluga chef; Ruth Alderson, Crew Clothing.

Most Improved Business, sponsored by GVFM: Curiously Wicked; Pinky’s Nail Boutique; Fat Face; The Body Shop.

Centre Manager Medi Parry said: “Last year was the first time we had organised an awards evening and it was a great event, with more than 100 people attending. This year we’re hoping to really build on that success and we’ve been delighted with the number and quality of the entries we’ve received.

“It’s been a tough job for the judges coming up with the final shortlist as the quality has been so high — we really have got a great team of people working at the arcade. We’ve also had some great support from our sponsors again this year.”

The award for Retailer of the Year, sponsored by Colin Wardle, Design 2, is voted for by members of the public, who can nominate their favourite business online at until noon on Monday, September 2.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Barluga on Tuesday, September 3.