Time is running out to enter this year's Sales Assistant of the Year awards, which recognise the contribution that sales staff make to c-stores, as the closing date for entries is September 18.

A prize of £1,000 is on offer to the overall winner of the competition, with four category winners receiving £500 and a further £250 award for the finalist deemed to be this year's Community Hero.

As a thank you for helping with their application, the overall winner's manager or store owner receives a £250 prize.

After a round of judging in October, which includes a visit to selected entrants' stores, five finalists are invited to a fantastic lunch at London's Dorchester Hotel where the overall winner will be revealed.

Entry packs can be obtained from 01293 610354, or www.salesassistantawards.co.uk.