I am calling on Wantage’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.
The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.
Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.
The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.
The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 5th November 2019 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.
I am delighted to support this initiative highlighting the importance of independent retailers: in a rural constituency such as ours it is often the village shop that is the main hub of the community and provides a vital service. I wish all the independent shops in my constituency the best of luck in the competition.
Submit your entry
The entries for 2019’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.
Entries close on Monday 9th September 2019.