Two local businesses have been highly commended at the recent annual awards ceremony of the Life with Style Awards.
More than 360 people attended the Gala dinner and award ceremony at the Ardoe House Hotel and Spa last month.
Guests were entertained by Singing Waiters and enjoyed great food and the hosting skills of Findlay Anderson.
This year saw a record amount of entries, which the judges were really impressed by.
The quality and level of entries this year from a broad spectrum of diverse businesses meant that they had a very tough time deciding the winners.
Inverurie hair salon Élan Hair Design was highly commended in the Excellence in Hairdressing category.
Meanwhile The Coffee Apothecary in Udny was highly commended in the Best Place to Eat - Coffee Shops and Cafes Category sponsored by Musa.
Charity CLAN Cancer Support also received an accolade after being named winner of The Community Award - sponsored by Village The Hotel Club.
Co-head judge Ken Massie said: “The one thing that has shone through this year has been the enthusiasm, commitment and passion for their businesses and their achievements in what are clearly very difficult and challenging market conditions.”
The winner of the Best New Business Award, Linton and Mac, were delighted to also receive an advertising contract with the sponsor STV.
The Life with Style Awards was held in conjunction with north east publication, Trend Magazine.