Stockton North MP, Alex Cunningham, is calling on small shopkeepers in his constituency 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.
Small shops can be the lifeblood of a thriving local community, bringing in the footfall to our towns and creating a real buzz around the area. Unlike many big name companies who are pulling out of our high streets, smaller shops are helping our towns grow and succeed.
I know that we have some fantastic small shops in Stockton-on-Tees, led by some innovative individuals who really care about the area in which they live and work – it would be great to see small shops in our area recognised nationally.