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Calling All Small Shops! Best Small Shop Competition launches

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The search for the best small shop in the UK has been launched today as part of a competition organised by the All Party Small Shops Group.

Sponsored by PayPoint, The Best Small Shops Competition celebrates the economic powerhouse represented by small retailers in the UK economy.

The competition is run by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and administered by the Independent Retailers Confederation.

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) is a well-established organisation, bringing together like-minded trade associations with interests in the small and independent retail sector. The IRC represents c.100,000 independent retailers throughout the UK, creating a growing retail network, committed to the development and sharing of best practice among associations and their members engaged in the independent retail sector.

As founding members and current Chair of the Independent Retailers Confederation, ActSmart and the ACT encourage all small shops to get the recognition they deserve by submitting an application to the Best Small Shops Competition. 

Speaking at the launch, APPSSG Chairman Simon Danczuk MP said: "We are looking for the best small shops in the UK to come forward and tell us the great work they do to serve their communities and create jobs in the economy. Grocers, Delis, Booksellers, Music Shops all have the chance to tell us why they are the best small retailer."

Andrew Goddard, Pay Point Retail Director and competition sponsor said: "We are pleased to be supporting the Best Small Shops Competition again. It is a great chance to showcase the work that small shops do across the country and how important they are to their local communities."

Applicants have 500 words to set out why they are the best small shop, covering the key criteria areas;

  • innovation in your business
  • community engagement
  • entrepreneurial activity.

The application process for the Best Small Shops Competition is available at

A reception will be held in the Palace of Westminster on the 25th February 2015 for the retailers that have been shortlisted, where the overall winner will be announced.

So, if you think you are the best small shop in the UK, apply today! 


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