Hunters of Helmsley is top of the small shops
North Yorkshire deli Hunters of Helmsley, owned and run by Christine and Chris Garnett, has been named winner in the Best Small Shops Competition 2015.
Twenty shops were shortlisted for the scheme, which was established by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and is run on its behalf by the Independent Retailers Confederation.
They included two other delis – the Mainstreet Trading Co in Roxburghshire and Piccola Italia in Worthing, West Sussex – as well as general grocers, a book shop, music store and bike shops.
One of the UK’s most picturesque delis, Hunters of Helmsley was set up in 1990 and has been owned by the Garnetts – who both come from Yorkshire farming families – since 2008.
Judging of the competition took place this month and was based on “the shop’s entreneurial activities, their work within the community and innovation in their business”.
Hunters of Helmsley was chosen by the judges for its local sourcing of produce, organisation of events to support the high street and its use of social media to engage customers. Around 70% of the shop’s stock is sourced from Yorkshire.