BSOTY 2006 - finalists named

The finalists in this year's Butcher's Shop of the Year awards have been named and final judging is now well underway.

The 25 contenders were shortlisted from a large number of entries across the UK and represent some of the best retail operators in the business.

The Awards culminate this year at a celebration lunch on 7 November at Claridges in London, where the winners will be revealed. Places are still available for the event. To book contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593, or email her on elizabeth.ellis@william-reed.co.uk.

This year's finalists are:

? Northern Ireland - Stewards Family Butchers, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh; Gregory's Meats, Limavardy, Co. Londonderry; McCartney's of Moira, Moira, Co. Down.

? Scotland - The Store, Edinburgh; Thomas Johnston, Falkirk, Stirlingshire; Simon Howie Butchers, Perth, Perthshire.

? Wales - J.T.Vernon, Holt, Wrexham; Edwards of Conwy, Conwy; Rob Rattray Butchers, Aberystwyth.

? North of England - Blackwells, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland; Geo Middlemiss & Son, Otley, West Yorkshire; Steadmans, Sedbergh, Cumbria.

? Midlands and East of England - Boxleys, Wombourne, South Staffordshire; Allan Bennett, Codsall, Staffordshire; John Pettit and Sons, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire.

? South of England - Kittow Bros, Fowey, Cornwall; Bonners the Butchers, Ilminster, Somerset; Greens of Pangbourne, Pangbourne, Berkshire.

? Butcher's Plus - Aubrey Allen Delicatessen, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire; Cranstons Cumbrian Food Hall, Penrith, Cumbria; Eynon's of St Clears, St Clears, Carmarthenshire; Robertsons, Broughty Ferry, Dundee.

? Farm Shops - Blagdon Farm Shop, Blagdon, Newcastle Upon Tyne; Farmer Copleys, Purston, Pontefract; Greystone, Penrith, Cumbria.