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GoFundMy Business: The Cash-Strapped Small Business solution?

11 Nov 2019

GoFundMe is being used as a method for small businesses to raise funds that are cash-strapped and struggling
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Bristol deli Papadeli named Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019

6 Nov 2019

A Bristol-based deli with a reputation for incredible cakes and superb takeaway dishes, cooked on site, has been named as Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019.
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Art and Stationery shops shortlisted as Best Small Shops!

4 Nov 2019

This year two amazing art shops and a stunning stationery shop have been named in the running to be Britain's Best Small Shop 2019!
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The UK's best small gift shops!

4 Nov 2019

This year 3 fantastic gifts shops have been shortlisted that will provide you with everything you could possibly need for Christmas, birthdays and even a few treats for yourself!
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Two childrenswear shops in the running to be Britain's Best Small Shop 2019!

30 Oct 2019

This year two children's shops have been shortlisted in the top 25 shopsthat are in the running to be named Britain's Best Small Shop 2019!
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Eco-friendly shops shortlisted in Best Small Shops competition!

29 Oct 2019

The Recycled Candle Company and The Naked Pantry New Forest go above andbeyond to ensure their products are environmentally friendly while still maintaining excellent customer service!
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Last week to claim Theory one offer

28 Oct 2019

Alongside The Cycle Show last month Cytech are offering a third off the Theory one course until the end of October, allowing you to start your Cytech journey for less.
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Independent record shops in for a chance to be named Best Small Shop 2019

25 Oct 2019

Both Jumbo Records and Winyl bring life to the music industry through their passion for records and live events.
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Is the ‘death of the high street' being overstated?

23 Oct 2019

Is the ‘death of the high street' being overstated? Research shows that independent shops are booming across the UK.
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Whalley's specialist outdoor shop in the running to be Best Small Shop 2019

23 Oct 2019

A family-run outdoor shop in Whalley, Lancashire has been named on the shortlist of retailers in the running to be named Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019.
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Creative and crafty independent shops shortlisted in competition!

Posted on in Business News, Creative News

There is not long to wait now with just over 2 weeks to go until the Best Small Shop in the UK for 2019 is announced at the reception in the House of Commons!

Over the last couple of weeks we have been introducing you to the fantastic shops that have been shortlisted and telling you about the wonderful ways in which they continuously help their communities and why they stood out to the judges.

This year we have two independent arts and crafts stores shortlisted into our final 25, with enough creativity between them to inspire the whole of the UK to get crafty!

The Orry Mill

The Orry Mill is an independent yarn shop that runs regular classes and workshops for crafters and showcases a modern take on the old crafts of knitting and crocheting.

The Orry Mill is set in Glasgow and owned by Thilde Folke Olsen and her husband Stephen McBride. Thilde came to Scotland to study at the Glasgow School of Art. As a child Thilde was brought up in Denmark immersed in knitting, crochet and crafting. When she finally settled in the village of Eaglesham she became fascinated by the history of the village. The name ‘The Orry Mill' refers to the open space in Eaglesham known as ‘The Orry' (Old Scots for 'area') in which there are the remains of a cotton mill.


Gemz By Emz

Based in Romford, Gemz By Emz does the arts and crafts for you, by specialising in home made personalised gifts, engraved with the photo, handwriting, text and even pregnancy scan of the customer's choice. It also creates stunning diamond dust glitter canvasses and personalised cushions. Not only have the shop's items been purchased and promoted by famous faces but they have also been featured on television and in magazines.

Gemz By Emz also features an online blog which allows you to not only learn about the buisness and it's array of offerings, but also gives you an insight into the designer and founder of Gemz by Emz, Emma.


For more information about The Orry Mill and Gemz By Emz you can visit their pages in the Indie Retail Shop directory. Keep up to date with the Best Small Shops competition by following our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

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