Best Small Shops Competition
The search is on for the best small shops in Britain!
After a hiatus of four years, the Best Small Shops Competition is back, and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group, Simon Danczuk MP, has announced that the winners of the Best Small Shops Competition will be honoured at a presentation at the House of Commons on 25th February 2015.
Sponsored by PayPoint, The Best Small Shops Competition celebrates the economic powerhouse represented by small retailers in the UK economy.
The Best Small Shops Competition is run by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and administered by the Independent Retailers Confederation. The Competition is designed to bring small retailers to the attention of parliamentarians and the local community.
MPs will be asked to promote retailers from their constituencies to participate and all ‘small shops’, i.e. independents & specialist retailers, whether selling goods or services in the UK, are invited to apply to be recognised as The Best Small Shop 2015. (Entrants must operate physical shop, paying business rates).
The Best Small Shop will be selected based on a number of criteria including innovation within the business, engagement with the community and entrepreneurial activities.
Applications must be submitted by 4p.m. on 30th January 2015 via the link below.
The small shops selected for the shortlist will be informed by 16th February 2015. The principals of the shortlisted retailers will be invited to attend the House of Commons awards reception from 1pm-3pm on 25th February 2015. (Availability to attend the reception is a prerequisite of application).
To submit your application click the button below.
A few words from Simon Danczuk, APPSSG Chair
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.
There are many great qualities that small shops bring to our high streets, but there are a few I particularly want to recognise. Firstly the innovation that small shops bring is really inspiring and is a key part of their ability to compete. This innovation is a driving force behind the success not only of small shops but of the wider economy with new practices pioneered by small shops leading to jobs and growth.
Secondly smaller retailers are often hugely influential in their local areas and provide the anchors for communities up and down the country. Small retailers have a connection with their customers that is much more personal and valuable than big chain shops, and I know many people really value this connection. Not only this, but there are countless examples of small retailers contributing to local projects, or helping out their neighbours on the high street.
Finally I want to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is so typical of small shops in the UK. Having set up a shop myself in Rochdale, I know how much effort and determination it takes to make a go of it, and how rewarding it is when your idea takes shape in front of you. It takes courage and resilience to go into retail, and I think it is important that politicians recognise and reward this.
I can’t wait to see all the fantastic small shops from across the country enter themselves for this competition and I look forward to meeting retailers at our reception in February.
May the best small shop win!