Raring2go! Magazine launches 2018 Awards to find the best local family–friendly businesses

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Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire’s only dedicated family magazine, Raring2go! has launched the third annual Raring2go! Awards today, Thursday 1st March 2018.

Owner and Editor of Raring2go!, Victoria Withy, said, “Last year  the over 2,000 people put forward nominations for over 633 family-focussed businesses, attractions and events located in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire for the second Rarign2go! Awards. This was up by over 470 businesses on the 160 nominated in the first year – a huge increase!”

Nearly 4,000 voted for the top three in each of the 12 categories and Victoria said, “I am delighted that so many people took part and that so many fantastic family- orientated local businesses were nominated.”

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This year we have added a NEW 13th Category for Best Antenatal Class or Service – due to popular demand and feedback following the 2017 Awards.

You can nominate any business you like for any relevant category, but it must have a registered address with an AB postcode, operate within the Aberdeen /Aberdeenshire area and be one that is focussed on providing services to families. 

Raring2go! Magazine is dedicated to helping local families have fun and to make the most of the local area – to eat, shop, visit and play locally. The magazine supports local businesses and helps them reach local families.

Victoria says, “As a small local business ourselves, we are all about connecting local families and local businesses. We want a buzzing, thriving City and vibrant local towns with variety and lots to offer – and we are so lucky to live in an area with strong local towns and dynamic business people working towards this too. We are delighted to be recognising the best for families in our area with these our third annual Raring2go! Awards.”

Nominations opened today – Thursday 1st March 2018 – and close on Friday 31st March 2018Click on smartsurvey.co.uk/s/r2goNominate to submit your nomination under the following categories:

1. Best Baby/Toddler Class

2. Best School-Age Club or Class

3. Best After-School/Holiday Club/Activity

4. Best Family-Friendly Eatery/Café/Restaurant

5. Best Family Retailer/Shop

6. Best Family Service (Photographers, Garage, Dentist, Hairdresser, etc.)

7. Best Party Entertainer

8. Best Party Place/Venue

9. Best Soft Play

10. Best Family Attraction

11. Best Family Event of 2017

12. Best New Business Launched Between January and December 2017

And new for 2018:

13. Best Antenatal Class or Service

Shortlist: Nominations will close on Friday 31st March 2018 and will be counted and verified.

Voting: The three businesses with the most nominations in EACH category will be shortlisted. Voting will then open on Friday 6th April at smartsurvey.co.uk/s/r2goVote and close on Sunday 30th April 2018.

The winners in each of the 13 categories will be those who receive the most votes.

Our 14th and final award for 2018, The Reader’s Choice Award, will go to the business receiving the most votes overall!

Winners will be notified by phone or email by 4th May and trophies presented early May at a special Afternoon Tea.


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