Tonight lingerie retailers, suppliers and distributors from across the country will gather together to see the big reveal of the 2018 UK Lingerie Awards.
After months of anticipation, the Lingerie Insight team will take to the stage at St Johns Hotel in Solihull to announce the 17 winners of various category awards, from Independent Retailer to Designer and Customer Service Provider of the Year.
More than150 industry professionals are expected to attend the event and enjoy a night of networking, drinks and a three-course meal to celebrate the best talent in the intimate apparel industry.
Today also marks the second day of INDX Intimate Apparel exhibition, which is held a five-minute drive away from the awards venue.
After the nominations opened in October, the industry flooded Lingerie Insight HQ with votes for their businesses and outstanding staff, and then in November we created two shortlists for the retail categories and supplier and distributor categories.
Senior industry professionals then decided on the winners via an online poll, with the retailers voting the brands and distributors and vice versa.
The winners will be unveiled tonight at the glittering black tie ceremony.
An industry veteran will also be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year, our sponsors and supporting partners are INDX Intimate Apparel, Panache, Sloggi and Triumph.
The 17 category awards are:
Small Business of the Year
Medium Business of the Year
Large Business of the Year
Innovation of the Year
Designer of the Year
New Business of the Year
Rising Star of the Year
Lingerie Agent/Distributor of the Year
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Independent Retailer of the Year (North)
Independent Retailer of the Year (South)
Online Retailer of the Year
Buyer of the Year
Customer Service Provider of the Year
Fit & Styling Award
Department Store & Multiple Retailer of the Year
Lifetime Achievement of the Year