As revealed last week our Retailer of the Year competition is back.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the event has become a must for every trader in St Albans City centre.

London Road-based French-Asian restaurant Chez Mumtaj was crowned Retailer of the Year 2011 at our glittering gala awards evening at the Alban Arena last June.

And if you missed out on last year’s excitement, here is your chance to put that right - you can now nominate your favourite St Albans retailer.

Short-listed traders will be invited to this year’s awards evening which will also be held at the Alban Arena on June 25.

The six categories are: Specialist shops; Food and drink; Markets trader; Restaurants and cafés; Hair and beauty and Fashion and accessories.

All nominations should be received by midnight on May 11. After this date our team of mystery shoppers will hit the streets putting each and every retailer to the test. All nominated retailers will also be sent a window poster so they can blow their own trumpets.

Our committee – which consists of Labour councillor Roma Mills; Liberal Democrat Melvyn Teare; Tory member Salih Gaygusuz; Chamber member Sandra Oldfield; civic society member Eric Roberts; council officers Maria Cutler and Charles Baker and Review editor Martin Buhagiar – will then choose a category winner and an overall winner.

To nominate a retailer text the name of the trader you want to nominate by texting the word ‘retailer’ followed by the name and address of the business to 80360. Texts cost 50p.

You can also nominate by filling out the form in this week’s Review or by clicking here and filling out our online nomination form: Nomination form You can also email your entry to

  • Members of the Retailer of the Year committee will be in St Albans City centre from 10.30am on Wednesday handing out nomination forms and free copies of the Review.