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Are You Stockton North’s best small shop asks Alex

Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, is calling on small shopkeepers in Stockton North to enter the Best Small Shops Competition – a 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.

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 the 13th November 2018 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.

Alex said:

While some larger, national chains are turning their back on Stockton North, our independent shops continue to play a huge role in the success of Stockton High Street, and other shopping areas across Stockton North such as Norton High Street and Billingham Town Centre.

We have some fantastic small local shops in our area, and I’d encourage them to put their names forward to this competition. This competition not only celebrates the work put in by small shopkeepers, but also the role small, independent shops have in enhancing the vitality of our local shopping areas

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9th September via 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.

Submit your entry

The entries for 2018’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Entries close on Sunday 9th September 2018.

*For the purposes of the competition, a small shop is defined as a non-corporate business selling goods or services to the public for use or consumption rather than for resale, from a business rated premises in the UK.