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Independent retailers are the lifeblood of UK high streets. They offer specialist products and services with unique knowledge and passion for their community.

The Best Small Shops competition celebrates, not only the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK's High Streets but also, the central role independent retailers play in building local communities.

The retail landscape is changing and ever evolving, giving independent retailers the opportunity to enter the marketspace in a unique way, offering customers specialist knowledge, products and customer service. The Best Small Shops competition gives us the chance to celebrate this unique industry and show consumers what makes these small shops just so special. 

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Previous awards receptions

Click on the links below to read more about previous awards receptions.

Best Small Shops 2018

Best Small Shops 2015

Listen to last year's winner

Rosamund de la Hey, owner of The Mainstreet Trading Company, tells us all about winning the prestigious title 'Best Small Shop 2018'. 

Best Small Shops 2019 - Competition now closed

Best Small ShopsIndependent retailers from all retail sectors across the UK are invited to enter the Best Small Shops competition 2019, with 25 of the most impressive applications shortlisted and invited to attend the Best Small Shops reception in November 2019.

Competition entrants were challenged with promoting the benefits of their retail offering to consumers with the initial selection process being voted on by the general public on this website (via a shops listing here).

The most successful applications selected over 10 weeks of consumer voting will go forward to an industry panel and formal review, to select the shortlist for the reception event held in the House of Commons!

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Why enter the competition?

Just ask last year's winner Rosamund de la Hey of The Mainstreet Trading Company "The 2018 [Best Small Shops] competition had by far the biggest impact of anything we have been involved in before".

  • It's free to enter! Any independent retailer based in the UK can enter the competition
  • Free promotion. Every business who enters the competition will be displayed on the Indie Retail directory raising customer awareness throughout the UK
  • Shortlisted retailers are invited to attend a reception in the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on the 5th of November where the winner will be awarded the title of Best Small Shop 2019

Entries now closed

Entries for 2019's Best Small Shop competition opened on 4th July 2019 and shut on 9th September at 3pm. To enter the competition shops needed to:

  • Be an 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
  • To have a listing on the Indie Retail directory. If you don't already have a listing you can create one for free here
  • To submit your entry by Monday 9th September 2019 at 3pm
  • To be available on the 5th November to attend the reception in the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion should you get shortlisted

What next?

Once you've submitted your entry you'll be able to download the Best Small Shops logo to display on your website. The logo will link directly back to you shop listing on this site. When posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter ensure you tag Indie Retail and use the hashtag #BestSmallShops for a chance to get reposted!

Remind your consumers to vote! Once you have entered the competition you'll need to encourage your customers to show their appreciation for your shop by voting for you on your shop listing which can be found here. Voting closes on Thursday 12th September 2019.

Click here for competition terms and conditions.

Competition now closed