Following on from this year’s top 100 announcement 2 weeks ago, the IAA have now revealed their finalists for 2011 across the 12 core retail principles that make up the academy.

A total of 23 retailers have made the cut and have been invited to the prestigious awards ceremony taking place this November at the Grange Hotel, Tower Bridge.

Retail Newsagent editor Chris Gamm, who chaired the judging panel, said “The standard of entries this year was very high. We had to make some very tough decisions but we believe that we have chosen the very best in independent retailing to go through to the finals. Congratulations to all the finalists.”

Many of the names featured are retailers that we’ve included in our See My Shop section over the past 2 years, so take a look through the list below and click on any hyperlinked names to see more of their shop!

Responsible Retailing

Sponsored by JTI

Faz Mahmood, Faz Convenience Store, Cheadle Hulme

Vipul Pabari, Connaught Road, Post Office & Supermarket

Shahid Razzaq, Premier Mo’s Convenience Store, Blantye

Retail Innovation

Sponsored by Nestle

Roli Ranger, Londis Ascot, Ascot

Paul Cheema, Costcutter, Coventry

Kennedy Nayer, Nisa Local Gains Park, Shrewsbury

Service to the Community

Sponsored by Booker

Alkesh Gadher, Best-one Isleworth, Middlesex

Bob & Sue Young, Robin Hill Stores, Dorset

Lesley Brown, Frankmarsh Store, Barnstaple

Staff Development

Sponsored by the NFRN

Kishor Patel, Nisa Local, Hemel Hempstead

Paul & Michelle Gravelle, Gravelle’s Budgens, Sawbridgeworth

Rav Garcha, Nisa Local Broadway, Worcestershire

In-store Theatre

Sponsored by Heineken

Kennedy Nayer, Nisa Local Gains Park, Shrewsbury

Roli Ranger, Londis Ascot, Ascot

Sunder Sandher, S&S Londis, Leamington Spa

Shop Layout

Sponsored by Procter & Gamble

Paul & Michelle Gravelle, Gravelle’s Budgens, Sawston

Terry Caton, Londis Grangewood, Chesterfield

Paul Cheema, Costcutter, Coventry

Availability

Sponsored by Imperial Tobacco

Roli Ranger, Londis Ascot, Ascot

Kishor Patel, Nisa Local, Hemel Hempstead

Mital Morar, Store!, Manchester

Effective Ranging

Sponsored by Coca Cola Enterprises

Mandeep Singh, Premier Singh’s, Sheffield

Kishor Patel, Nisa Local, Hemel Hempstead

Vipul Pabari, Connaught Road, Post Office & Supermarket

Merchandising

Sponsored by Wrigley

Shaan Chaudry, Anker Service Station (Nisa Local), Nuneaton

Eddie Poole, Poole’s Supervalu Moira, Co. Armagh

Shahnaz Patel, SPAR Bolton, Bolton