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1 Aug 2019

The Booksellers Association (BA) has created a Green Manifesto encouraging themselves,Booksellers and the Book Industry to improve their eco-friendliness.
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Calling all bike shops to enter the Best Small Shops Competition!

24 Jul 2019

The Best Small Shops Competition provides you with the opportunity to represent the Cycle sector and celebrate local bike shops across the nation. The competition recognises the innovative... Read more…

Keeping Britain's Independent Retail Alive

17 Jul 2019

As indepedent businesses are increasingly affected by political factors and a lack of government support, the UK retail industry is becoming a crisis situation with hundreds of independent... Read more…

Search For Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019 Gets Underway

4 Jul 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), begins today with a focus on consumer engagement and how... Read more…

Is your creative shop the Best Small Shop of 2019?

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The annual search to find Britain's Best Small Shop is back for 2019, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC). This year focuses 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.

The IRC recommend small shops within creative industries to enter the competition and represent the industry with pride! Last year's competition saw many shops within the creative industries reach the shortlisted 25 shops that attended the reception in the House of Commons. One of which was Kellie Miller Arts (as shown in photo to the right), a gallery initially starting as a pop-up and through Kellie's determination becoming a successful established business, encouraging and supporting other creative businesses to open.

Enter the competition

Location for Best Small Shops competition announced

The IRC have confirmed the Best Small Shops competition reception will be held in the House of Commons later this year on the 5th November. The competition closes at 8am on Monday 9th of 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.

Best Small Shops Weekly Vote Results

Stay updated with the Best Small Shop consumer rankings by visiting the page here! Encourage your consumers to vote for you by promoting your entry both in-store and online which can be found under your listing on the directory here. Current standings for the consumer voting as of this week can be seen in the image below! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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