I am calling on Mid Worcestershire’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the successes of small shops and the central role they play in their local community, particularly in response to Covid-19. 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.
I know it’s been a challenging time for shopkeepers, with little certainty for their business. But small local shops have been essential to our communities during the pandemic and I know that my constituents value them immensely. These awards give recognition to the hard work of these shopkeepers, who have kept their doors open and used their entrepreneurial spirit to help us through this crisis. Many have had to introduce restrictions and make changes to their services to keep their customers safe. I would strongly encourage any small shop owners in the area to nominate their business for these awards. I know there are many worthy candidates who deserve recognition for their efforts.
Shopkeepers have until Friday 11th September 2020 to nominate their businesses via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. A shortlist will be announced in October with winners announced in November. 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 then be in with the chance to win one of five awards, including the newly launched award for small shops response to Covid-19.
The entries for 2020’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. Entries close on Friday 11th September 2020, and 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.