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Inquiry launched examining how high streets can survive the economic and social effects of Covid-19

21 Jul 2020

The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry to examine how high streets can survive the economic and social consequences of Covid-19.
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Thinking of You Week coming this September

21 Jul 2020

Thinking of You Week is a special week that harnesses the emotional power of greeting cards to create a wave of love, caring and happiness.
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Small Stuff named as one of Best Small Shops Innovators

21 Jul 2020

Hellen from Small Stuff,an eco-conscious children's lifestyle shop in Sheffield, talks about how the forced closure of her bricks and mortar shop led to her thinking of new and innovative... Read more…

Inform your customers of the new law with the Indie Retail Face Covering Poster

16 Jul 2020

Following government announcement that wearing a face covering willbecome mandatory in shops in England from 24 July Indie Retail has created a Face Covering Poster for shops to display... Read more…

Best Small Shops names Rides on Air as a COVID-19 Innovator

16 Jul 2020

In the second of our ‘Meet the Innovators' series, exploring independent retailers that have excelled during the Covid crisis, we spoke with Paul Lynn, Director of cycle shop, Rides on... Read more…

#BikeIsBest to enter next stage of campaign

16 Jul 2020

The next phase will involve helping local authorities to feel confident in implementing new cycling measures and making it clear on the national narrative that there is a large unmet demand... Read more…

The latest Government announcements on the UK's EU exit

15 Jul 2020

The Government have recently made a number of announcements on their plans for the UK's EU exit on December 31st 2020 when the transition period ends.
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Best Small Shops' "Meet the Innovators" series kicks off with Jacobs the Jewellers following their successful reopening

15 Jul 2020

Our ‘Meet the Innovators' series will highlight some of the small shops that did something special during this difficult time, starting with Jacobs the Jewellers, who are based in Reading.... Read more…

IRC creates Independent Retailers Rent Survey

15 Jul 2020

Complete the survey now to help inform our lobbying with Government, provide us with an idea of what is happening across the market and bringsome much needed media attention to the plight of... Read more…

Government funding announcement perfectly timed with ACA new apprenticeship standard launch

9 Jul 2020

With the additional Government funding and Activate Cycle Academy's launch of a brand new apprenticeship standard for bicycle mechanics there has never been a better time to take on an... Read more…

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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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