THE finalists for this year's Reading Retail Awards have been revealed.

Business leaders and shining stars of the future have been battling it out over several months to win the hearts of the public.

Hundreds of nominations were received and the panel of judges had the unenviable task of whittling the names down to a shortlist.

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

The finalists for 2018 are:

Cafes Coffee & Lunch:

  • Boswells Mia’s coffee shop
  • Picnic
  • The Flowering Tea Pot

Service with a Smile:

  • Ann Summers
  • Iwona’s Hair and Beauty Salon
  • Pandora
  • Yorkshire Building Society

Your Favourite Shop:

  • Eclectic Games
  • Grape Tree
  • John Lewis

Restaurant of the Year (formal):

  • Cilantro
  • House of Flavours
  • Miller & Carter

Restaurant of the Year (informal): 

  • Bill’s
  • The Fox & Hounds
  • The Lyndhurst

Health Beauty & Well-being:

  • Therapists on the High Street
  • The Funky Barnet
  • Fox and Hair
  • Future Babies

Independent Retailer of the Year:

  • Caversham Artisan & Farmers Market
  • Art Jam A
  • W Cycles
  • Jacobs the jewellers
  • The Grumpy Goat

Innovation in the Marketplace:

  • Premier & Angels School of Motoring
  • Broad Street Bar & Kitchen
  • Art Jam

Marketing Campaign of the Year:

  • Broad Street Bar & Kitchen
  • Kool Kidz Kutz
  • Terry’s

Manager of the Year:

  • Jamie Lee – Whittards
  • Jasleen Gill – House of Fraser
  • Owen Brunt - Wolf Italian Street Food

Multiple Retailer of the Year:

  • House of Fraser
  • Slater’s Menswear
  • John Lewis

Out of Town Award:

  • Pine & Oak
  • The Funky Barnet
  • Solutions 4 Health

Shooting Star Award:

  • Harneet Khatter - Specsavers
  • Victoria Cox - Kool Kidz Kutz
  • Bekii Harley - Honest Burgers

Sustainability in Retail Award:

  • True Food Community Co-operative
  • Carousel Clothing Dress Agency
  • Itsu