Posted: 08/08/2018

Get your entries in now for Best Small Shops competition

Best Small ShopsGuild retail members are being encouraged to enter the 2018 Best Small Shops competition, managed by our friends at the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC).

Celebrating “the commitment and creativity of independents on UK high streets and the role they play in their local community”, the search for the nation’s best small store was launched on 4th July to coincide with national Independents’ Day.

Best Small Shops was initiated by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group in 2011 and ran again in 2015, when the winner was Yorkshire deli Hunters of Helmsly.

It is expected to have an even higher profile this year, says IRC, whose members range from booksellers to bike shops, as well as the Guild of Fine Food.

“The evolving retail landscape has witnessed numerous high-profile closures of larger stores, but specialist independent retailers can thrive in this climate by delivering a truly unique retail experience thanks to the passion, service, flexibility and knowledge they offer,” the IRC told FFD. “Best Small Shops is a chance to celebrate this unique industry and show customers what makes independent retailers so special.

The competition is open to any UK independent retailer. Entries are up open until Sunday 9th September and 25 of the most impressive applications will be assessed by a judging panel made up of key figures from the independent retail industry.

These retailers will be invited to attend the competition reception in autumn 2018, where the winner will be announced.

There is no entry fee, but any retailer wishing to take part should be listed on the IRC’s new Indie Retail directory, which is also free of charge.For details, visit the competition website:


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