Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 16.43.32The inaugural Northern Independent Retail Awards 2015 announced their finalists following an immense response in nominations from the public across England.

Poppys Hairdressing  with salons in Stockton and Hartlepool  has been shortlisted in the Hair and Beauty Retailer of the Year category in the North East. Poppys will find out if they will be crowned winners at the glamorous ceremony being held in Manchester.

The black tie event, organised by Creative Oceanic, will be hosted by the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Sunday, 19th July 2015.

The Northern Independent Retail Awards aim to celebrate and commend the independent retailers in Northern England, who offer a plethora of unique products and reinvigorate their communities by making them more colorful and vibrant. The list of accolades comprises a variety of categories ranging from Café of the Year, Convenience Store of the Year, Hair and Beauty Retailer of the Year, Service Provider of the Year and many more.

Janice Auton shares that she is thrilled for Poppys team members headed up by Vicki Murray in Stockton and Tracy Bourne in Hartlepool and returning clients that make Poppys what it is today. We are nothing without them, this accolade is for them. Janice is the founder of Poppys Hairdressing in Stockton and Hartlepool which is celebrating 27 years of cutting colouring and curling hair in 2015 and is excited to be attending the final with Vicki and Tracy on the 19th July. Being shortlisted is amazing just in itself and we wish all the other finalists in all the categories good luck.

The awards seek to acknowledge the dedication and successful performance of the public’s favorite independent retailers. The award ceremony provides a platform to show appreciation for those businesses that make our communities different.

As well as recognising the commercial success and achievements of the independent retail businesses in Northern England, the awards will be raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation. The charity is dedicated to granting wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses across the UK in order to help them have their dreams come true. We kindly urge everyone to contribute generously to this fantastic cause and aid the charity to achieve its goal.