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Lidl, Lush and local traders up for Which? Awards

Shortlist for gongs has big brands and locals

Big-name brands and local traders have been shortlisted by Which? for our annual Which? Awards.

A third-generation family butcher, a convenience store run by local volunteers and a central heating engineer are among 10 local traders going head-to-head. They join the likes of Apple, Toyota and Waitrose in being nominated for a Which? Award.

Winners from the 2008 awards included Panasonic, Mazda and Waitrose.

The Which? Local Business of the Year award recognises local traders who provide a great service or go the extra mile for their customers, and is one of 11 awards being presented by Which? at our annual awards ceremony on 9 June.

Innovation and recognition

Apple’s iPhone 3G, BBC iPlayer and Ariel Excel Gel will compete in a new Innovation Award category, which recognises products and services with the potential to revolutionise people’s lives.

The award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by news presenter Natasha Kaplinsky. Inventor Trevor Baylis and top chef Heston Blumenthal will also present awards at the event, which was set up by Which? to celebrate the best products and services in the UK.

Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith says: ‘Tens of thousands of consumers have nominated their favourite local trader or local restaurant for a Which? Award. We’re delighted to recognise these often unsung heroes alongside a host of well-known names, as we celebrate the best products and services available to UK consumers.’

Which? Awards short list

Best Audio Visual Brand
Shortlist: Canon, Panasonic, Sony

Best Domestic Appliance Brand
Shortlist: AEG-Electrolux, Bosch, Miele

Best Carmaker
Shortlist: BMW, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Skoda, Toyota

Best Financial Services Provider
Shortlist: Co-operative Bank, First Direct, Nationwide Building Society, Yorkshire Building Society

Best High Street Retailer
Shortlist: John Lewis, Lush, Waterstone’s

Which? Innovation Award
Shortlist: Apple iPhone 3G, Ariel Excel Gel (Procter & Gamble), BBC iplayer

Best Online Retailer
Shortlist: lakeland.co.uk, lizearle.com, play.com, screwfix.com

Best Supermarket
Shortlist: Aldi, Lidl, Waitrose

The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year
Shortlist: Entropy, Leicester; L’Etranger, South Kensington; Maison Bleue, Bury St Edmunds; Mourne Seafood, Belfast; Mulberry Tree, Boughton Monchelsea; Nutters, Norden; Ronnies, Thornbury; Tyddyn Llan, Llandrillo; Ubiquitous Chip, Glasgow; Yorke Arms, Ramsgill

Which? Local Business of the Year
Shortlist: C Glass (greengrocers), Bushmills; Geoff Danby (central heating engineer), Hull; Hansfords Butchers, Winscombe; Hundon Village Shop (not-for-profit convenience store and post office), Sudbury; Joseph Morris Butchers, Lutterworth; M.C Perrin (greengrocers), Coulsdon; Ray Rowley Butchers, Guildford; Stanleys Fruit Stores, Southport; Webbs of Crickhowell (department store); Wright Ironmonger Ltd, Alexandria.

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