MP hopes businesses across the area will enter competition to showcase local talents

The search is now on to find the nation’s best small shop - and an MP hopes businesses across the area will enter to showcase local talents.

Entries for the fifth annual Best Small Shops competition are open to any small shop in the UK selling goods or service and judges are looking for entrepreneurial spirit, ways they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community. 

Shipley MP Philip Davies said: “Local shops play such a vital and central role in the community it is right their work and dedication is recognised. This year it is more important than ever to celebrate independent retailers and their role in helping the economy transition out of lockdown and aid high street’s survival.

“We have so great shops across the constituency and many talented people who have started businesses, so I really hope they apply and put their stories forward.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of established representatives from the independent retail industry.

Given current social distancing restrictions the awards evening, usually held in Parliament, will be held via video link.  

All shops entering the competition will be promoted through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Nominations close on September 11 with a shortlist announced in October and winners in November where five shops will win awards, including the new category of small shops response to Covid-19.

To enter visit www.bestsmallshops.co.uk