The search for the best small shop in the UK is underway as The Best Small Shops competition launches to celebrate the UK’s indie retail scene.
Managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, the hunt has begun in efforts to celebrate the commitment and creativity of independent retailers across the UK, and the role they play in their local community.
After successful campaigns initiated by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group in 2011 and 2015, the competition is returning in 2018, set to be ‘bigger and better than before.’
The evolving retail landscape has witnessed numerous high-profile closures of larger stores, but many believe that specialist independents can thrive in the climate by ‘delivering a truly unique retail experience,’ thanks to the ‘passion, service, flexibility and knowledge they offer.’
The Best Small Shops competition is a chance to celebrate this unique industry and show customers what makes independent retailers so special,’ read a statement from the firm.
The competition is open to an UK independent retailer, 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.
The competition will close in early September and 25 of the most impressive applications will be selected for a final shortlist, submitted to 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 awarded the title of Best Small Shop 2018.
In 2015, the shortlisted retailers attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament where they had the opportunity to meet with MPs, trade representatives and other shortlisted independent retailers before the winner, Hunters of Helmsley was announced.
To enter the 2018 competition applicants must showcase their innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and community ethos by submitting details of their business via the online application form.
Retailers can submit their entry at www.bestsmallshops.co.uk