Worcester MP Robin Walker is calling on Worcester’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

Robin has long advocated for supporting small businesses and shops as part of Worcester’s thriving retail community. As a backbencher, Robin was a member of the Business Select Committee and called for a major report into high streets and the future of retail; as well as campaigning tirelessly for the reform of business rates to help the high street and ease the burden on small retailers and shops. Robin will also shortly be launching his very own Independent Business Awards to showcase the fantastic local establishments we have in Worcester.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

The competition, which is no cost to enter, offers a chance for small shopkeepers to show the public what makes their shop so special.  Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. A shortlist of 25 applications will be shortlisted by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.

The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.

The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 5th November 2019 to meet Robin and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.

Robin said:

“This is a great opportunity to showcase our small shops to the rest of the UK. I encourage all small shopkeepers in Worcester to consider entering the competition to promote their business and show to everyone what we have to offer.”

“Small shops play such an important role in our city and to our local economy, which is why I am supportive of these awards. Worcester has a number of distinctive, unique and original stores which deserve to be recognised.”


Submit your entry

The entries for 2019’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.

Entries close on Monday 9th September 2019.

Notes to Editors:

*For the purposes of the competition, a small shop is 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.

The 2018 Best Small Shops Competition was won by the Mainstreet Trading Company, a unique destination retail concept – Books, Café, Deli & Home, based in the rural Scottish Borders. https://www.indieretail.uk/find-a-shop/?name=the_mainstreet_trading_company&shop=126940&sector=3&searchterms=The%20Mainstreet%20Trading%20Company&searchtype=all