Entries for all award categories in this year’s competition to find Britain’s Best Small Shop close on Friday September 11th.
The Best Small Shops Competition, back for its fifth year, has relaunched post lockdown celebrating the return of Indie Retail to UK high streets and shopping parades.
This year’s competition has been revised to better reflect the current retail climate. Judges will be seeking entries from independent retailers that are demonstrating specific innovation to combat the impact of COVID-19 in a new award category sponsored by booost, the loyalty, gifting and promotions app.
The judges will be looking for evidence of:
- Specific innovation to combat the impact of COVID-19
- Safety of staff and customers was maintained
- How the business diversified to maintain trading
- If the shop was enfroced to close what strategies were adopted to continue trading
- Plans put in place to retain communications with the local community
- Initiatives to reach a new customer base
The competition is run by the Independent Retailers’ Confederation (IRC), a group of multi-sector trade organisations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK. This annual competition highlights the best of Britain’s independent retail sector, celebrating the commitment and creativity of independent retailers and the central role they play in their local communities. Previous winners have included Bristol-based delicatessen Papadeli, the 2019 winner, and The Mainstreet Trading Company, a combined bookshop, café, deli & homeware shop based in St Boswells, in the rural Scottish Borders, which won in 2018.
The Best Small Shops competition is in association with Maybe* – Social media engagement and insight tools that help you deliver results.