Sunderland Retail and Style Awards Shortlist Announced


On April 23 the city will mark its first Retail and Style Awards, combining two of Sunderland’s top events for the first time.

The event, which will feature a three course dinner, live entertainment and a fashion show, will honour top businesses and fashionistas, with hundreds of businesses already submitting nominations to take the prizes.

The awards will recognise top shops, restaurants, bars, beauty salons and hairdressers, along with various sizes of retail business, employees and customer service.

The event, jointly organised by the Bridges and Sun FM, is being sponsored by Sunderland BID and Chief Executive Ken Dunbar said: “The number of entries confirms what we already know, that Sunderland has a thriving city centre with a huge variety of businesses who all have something to shout about.

“The fact that the awards have so many categories means that there is at least one that businesses of all sizes can enter.”

Here are the finalists for each category ready for you to vote now!

Best Large Retailer




River Island

Best Medium Retailer




Bon Marche

Best Small Retailer

Cycle World

Barber & Whale


Collinsons Jewellers

Best Customer Service



Katie’s Garden



Employee of the Year

Paul Robson – Cycle World

Hollie Bowens – Bon Marche

Manager of the Year

Rita Richardson – Bon Marche

Harry Collinson Snr – Collinson’s Jewellers

Best Up and Coming Business

Frances & Marshall

The Little Waxing Company

Holy Smokes

Katie’s Garden

Experience It Here Award

Frost Village

Sunderland Pride

Chinese New Year

Pop Recs


  Most Stylish Mackem

Rachael Meadows

Dan Ward

Ben Forster

Most Stylish Bar

 Sam’s Bar

Port of Call

Poetic License

T- Tonic

Most Stylish Restaurant

The Scullery

Holy Smokes


Dr Feel Goods

Most Stylish Blogger

Lisa Guthrie

Sarah Jayne Adams

Kayleigh Falcus

Paul (Sobs) Dobson


The Salon Award

Frances Marshall

The Oraculum

Show Off


The Crowd Pleaser Award

Sunniside Live

The Jersey Boys @ The Sunderland Empire

The Frost Village

Glam Mam Award

Paige Bennett

Annie Ridley

Jamie Harrison

Made in Sunderland

Frankie Francis
Frankie & The Heartstrings

Debbie Hayes
Make My Day Events

Hannah Mattison
Mac Trust

Paul Swinney
The Mackem Dictionary

A Red Carpet award will also be presented to the best dressed attendee on the night.

Winners will be announced on the night of the awards.

Tickets are £39 each and are limited. They are available to buy from Monday Feb 1 from customer service at the Bridges, from the reception at Sun FM and via Eventbrite.


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