This year marks the 21st running of the SLR Awards as we begin our annual search for the stars of the local retailing sector in Scotland.
The SLR Awards are back and this time, it’s another landmark year as we reach our 21st birthday and celebrate more than two decades of recognising and rewarding excellence, creativity, resilience and commitment in the Scottish local retailing sector.
Set to be held once more at the Radisson blu hotel in Glasgow, the event will once again see the cream of Scotland’s local retailing community gather to honour some of the best retailers, stores and initiatives in our sector.
Despite the fact that the majority of issues related to the pandemic are now behind us, there’s no question that that the last 12 months has been another challenging one for the local retailing sector – but, as always, our sector has risen to the challenge. Which is why it’s as important as ever that we recognise the stars of our sector and honour them as we always have.
The entry portal is now live, and we invite all of Scotland’s retailers to get their entries in now and give themselves a chance of being part of this unique celebration of an outstanding industry in yet another difficult year.
On 6 September we aim not only to reward the winners on the night, we also aim to recognise the spectacular efforts of the entire sector over the last year. When the going got tough, the tough most certainly got going, as they invariably do – and the independent retailing sector can be rightly proud of the role it has continued to play in communities across Scotland.
SLR Publisher Antony Begley said: “It gives us enormous pleasure to once again be highlighting this amazing industry for the 21st consecutive year.
“Covid may be largely behind us but the challenges the industry has faced over the last 12 months have been no less fearsome – and the sector is far from being out of the woods. A raft of complex issues lie ahead, including DRS, but I’m sure our sector will find a way forward, just as it always has.
“So we look forward to celebrating not only the winners on the evening this year, but this entire remarkable sector. Every community in Scotland owes a debt of gratitude to their local retailer.
“The SLR Awards 2023 should be a very special night for everyone involved and I’d urge every retailer to make sure they enter this year. You’ve gone above and beyond over the last year, yet again – and we want to hear from you.”