The voting has officially just finished. Now the counting will begin to find out who will win the coveted prizes at the inaugural Retail Birmingham Awards. The most important night in the Midlands retail calendar is taking place on March 3rd at Birmingham Town Hall. It will be hosted by glamorous BBC Midlands Today host Suzanne Virdee, and a host of fashionista’s and celebrities are expected to walk the red carpet.
There has been a month-long on-line voting campaign to choose the prize winners. There are 21 categories in total, these include Fashion retailer of the year for menswear and womenswear, ‘Hair salon of the year’, ‘Independent retailer of the year’ and the prestigious ‘shopping destination of the year’. In addition, there is a special award that is sure to please Mary Portas for ‘Outstanding customer service’. This is voted for by the retailers themselves. The competition will be extremely tough in each category, with stores such as Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Topshop, White Stuff, Armani Exchange, Debenhams and Warehouse competing for the prizes.
A whole host of Midlands celebrities are expected to grace the red carpet. Previous years have seen glamorous stars like Jamelia, Beverly Knight and Matt and Emma Willis attending, and whilst the guest list is currently top-secret, you can expect to see some amazing red carpet looks on the night.
Steve Hewlett from Retail Birmingham said:
“Following on from three successful years organising the Style Awards, we felt that it was the right time to launch the Retail Birmingham Awards. This year’s awards will encompass a wider range of retailers, as featured in the recent City Centre Shopping Guide, of which 100,000 copies were distributed across the region.
Beg, steal or borrow a ticket, put on your glad rags and strut your stuff on the red carpet. It’s going to be a fantastic night!