Furniture, lighting and accessories company The Libra Company has been shortlisted in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014.
Home sales jumped by more than a third at John Lewis last week as overall sales climbed by almost a fifth.
Consumer confidence slipped back this month, but consumers are still interested in big-ticket purchases.
Wickes has seen its profit margins recover after 'intense' promotional offers in the kitchen and bathroom sectors.
Carpetright has seen sales rise this summer, but at the expense of profit margins.