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Three kids’ and toys shops in running for Best Small Shop in the UK award

Two independent shops tailored to children and families, and one olde world store dedicated to Harry Potter products have made the shortlist in this year’s Best Small Shops in the UK awards.

Moo Like a Monkey in Folkestone, Small Stuff in Sheffield, and Oliver’s Brighton have been named among the list of 25 finalists in this year’s hard-fought race for the title of Best Small Shop in the UK.

Hosted by Indie Retail, the awards sets out to find and champion the country’s best-run small, independent shop, surveying the land for the best in the UK’s eclectic or typically eccentric retail space.

After hundreds of entrants, thousands of consumer votes and a panel of industry experts, the shortlist for this year’s Best Small Shops in the UK has finally been selected.

Among the mix of independent bike shops, bakeries, creative studios and wineries, is a select pick of three children’s centred shops in Moo Like a Monkey, Small Stuff, and Oliver’s Brighton.

Moo Like a Monkey in Folkestone is a children’s shop that celebrates individualism, diversity and design. The shop space is made available for local events, from a sock-Caterpillar workshop to a social event for new mums who maybe feeling isolated.

Meanwhile, Oliver’s Brighton describes itself as a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World. The shop sells over 500 officially licensed items ranging in price from £1 to £600, including sweets and collectables.

Finally, Small Stuff in Sheffield specialises in ethical and eco-conscious lifestyle products and clothing for small children. It also collaborates with other local businesses by hosting story time, workshops, and events all led by other small businesses in the community.

“Independent retailers are the lifeblood of UK high streets, offering specialist products and services blended with unique knowledge and passion for their community. The Best Small Shops competition, managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation, celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s high streets and the central role they play in their local area,” read a statement from Independent Retail.

The top 25 shortlisted retailers now have the chance to attend the competition reception held on November 5th at the House of Commons, where they will meet with MPs, trade representatives and industry peers. It’s here that the winner of this year’s awards will be revealed.

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