Best Small Shops Competition 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop began on the 4th July 2019 to coincide with Independents' Day. This year's competition has a focus on consumer engagement and how independent retailers promote all that is special about their businesses to the local community and consumers at large.

Celebrating personal commitment, innovation and community engagement, the Best Small Shops competition has proven successful in recognising the contribution of independent retailers on the UK’s high streets and shopping parades. The 2018 competition had “by far the biggest impact of anything we have been involved in before” – said 2018 winner, Rosamund de la Hey of The Mainstreet Trading Company.

Competition Timeline

The competition closes early September and a shortlist of the most impressive applicants will be invited to attend the competition reception in the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion on the 5th of November, where they will have the opportunity to meet with trade representatives and other shortlisted retailers, before the winner and runners up are announced.

For 2019 competition entrants will be challenged with promoting the benefits of their retail offering to consumers with the initial selection process being voted on by the general public at indieretail.uk.

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. Competition entrants will need to succinctly showcase their proposition to consumers, outline areas of community engagement, alongside innovation and development plans for their business over the coming years.

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
  • Create a public facing listing on the Indie Retail website
  • Complete the online competition entry form in full
  • Submit your entry before 3pm on Monday 9th September 2019
  • 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.

Competition now closed