BUSINESS leaders and dedicated workers will be rewarded for their dedication at a black-tie dinner.

This year's Reading Retail Awards will take place at The Hilton Hotel on September 22 and nominations for your favourite businesses have been coming in thick and fast.

The judges now have the unenviable task of whittling down the entries to a shortlist in preparation for the awards evening.

Shops and independent businesses will battle it out in a series of categories and compete for the chance to be named the overall Retailer of the Year.

A full list of nominees will be available in next week's Chronicle and finalists will be revealed on August 9.

Tickets are now on sale for the ceremony, price at £75 and £700 for tables of 10.