MTJ's Butcher's Shop of the Year (BSOTY) awards continue to gather pace and, this year, will see the introduction of a new stand-alone category into the event — Halal Butcher's Shop of the Year.

The competition aims to reward the best businesses across the butchery trade and this year sees that extend into the ethnic sector, with support from Eblex.

Ed Bedington, editor of MTJ, said: "The halal sector is a growing market, and there are increasing numbers of shops opening to cater for that trade. It's very exciting to be able to include them as a new category into this competition and recognise some of the talent in that sector."

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