Is your boutique worthy of winning such a sought-after crown?
The Best Small Shops competition, managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s high streets and the central role they play in their local community.
After successful campaigns in 2011 and 2015, this year’s competition is set to be bigger and better than before.
The evolving retail landscape has witnessed numerous high-profile closures of larger stores, but specialist independent retailers can thrive in this climate by delivering a truly unique retail experience thanks to the passion, service, flexibility and knowledge they offer.
The Best Small Shops competition is a chance to celebrate and show customers what makes independent retailers so special.
The competition is open to any UK independent retailer, 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 here in the UK.
Entry closes 9 September. A judging panel made up of key figures from the independent retail industry will select a winner from a shortlist of 25. Finalists will be invited to attend the competition reception in the autumn, where the winner will be announced.
To qualify for entry, applicants must showcase their innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and community ethos by submitting details of their business via the online application form.