A NUMBER of Inverclyde businesses have been shortlisted at this year’s Scottish Independent Retail Awards.

Now in its eleventh year, the event aims to recognise retailers which demonstrate ‘exceptional dedication, creativity and outstanding customer service’.

The organisers say the finalists have 'undoubtedly raised the bar' within the industry and set a 'shining example' for others.

Inverclyde has a presence in several categories, with stores in Greenock, Gourock, Port Glasgow and Wemyss Bay receiving nominations.

The New Chocolate Company in Port Glasgow is up for Confectionery Retailer of the Year.

Greenock Telegraph:

Greenock’s Blessed Wellness Studio is shortlisted in the Bespoke Retailer category, with Reid MacKellar contesting the Opticians of the Year award.

Gourock is represented by Treasured in the Craft and Gift Shop section, and The Pirate and Bluebelle in the Specialist Retailer category.

McCaskie’s in Wemyss Bay, which was named best in the UK last year, has been nominated for Butcher of the Year.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Independent Retail Awards said: “We’re proud that we could continue to honour the top independent retailers after a decade.

Greenock Telegraph:

“These awards highlight the significant impact independent retailers make in their communities and provide a platform to showcase their success. Their dedication and accomplishments serve as an inspiration to the entire retail community.

“We want to congratulate all of our the finalists and wish them the best of luck.”

Greenock Telegraph:

Each of the Inverclyde nominees will face competition from businesses in cities and towns across Scotland.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hilton in Glasgow on April 10.