Posted: 07/01/2015

Indies urged to enter Best Small Shop competition

The UK’s independent retailers have until the end of this month to enter Best Small Shops Competition, which has been launched by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group.

The Independent Retailers Confederation will be managing the competition, which is sponsored by PayPoint and has a closing date of 4pm on January 30.

Applicants must submit their details online together with a 500-word statement explaining what makes their small shop the best in the country. Suggested criteria include business innovation, community engagement and entrepreneurial activity.

Shortlisted retailers will be notified by February 16 and will be invited to attend a reception at the Palace of Westminster on the February 25, where the overall winner will be announced.

APPSSG Chairman Simon Danczuk MP said: “We are looking for the best small shops in the UK to come forward and tell us the great work they do to serve their communities and create jobs in the economy. Grocers, delis, booksellers, music shops all have the chance to tell us why they are the best small retailer.

“I am delighted to be holding the Best Small Shop Competition again this year. Small shops really are the backbone of Britain, providing essential services for local people and creating jobs in their communities. I think it is right that Parliament acknowledges the vital role small shops play and seeks to recognise and reward the very best small shops across the country.”

For more details, and to apply, visit


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