Best Small Shops 2019 open for entry across the UK

Independent retailers from all retail sectors across the UK are invited to enter the Best Small Shops competition 2019, with 25 of the most impressive applications shortlisted and invited to attend the Best Small Shops reception in November 2019.

Competition entrants will be challenged with promoting the benefits of their retail offering to consumers with the initial selection process being voted on by the general public on the Indie Retail website.

The most successful applications selected over 10 weeks of consumer voting will go forward to an industry panel and formal review, to select the shortlist for the reception event.

Last year’s winner Rosamund de la Hey of The Mainstreet Trading Company said:

“The 2018 Best Small Shops competition had by far the biggest impact of anything we have been involved in before”.

The competition is free to enter – any independent retailer based in the UK can enter the competition – and offers free promotion.  Every business that enters the competition will be displayed on the Indie Retail directory raising customer awareness throughout the UK

Shortlisted retailers are invited to attend a reception in November where the winner will be awarded the title of Best Small Shop 2019.

 To enter the competition you will need:

o To be an 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 in the UK.
o To have a listing on the Indie Retail directory. If you don’t already have a listing you can create one for free HERE, and

o To have submitted your entry by Monday 9th September 2019.

Once you’ve submitted your entry you’ll be able to download the Best Small Shops logo to display on your website. The logo will link directly back to you shop listing on this site.

Once you have entered the competition you’ll need to encourage your customers to show their appreciation for your shop by voting for you on your shop listing which can be found at this LINK

Voting closes on Thursday 12th September 2019.

The competition terms and conditions are available on the Indie Retail website.


Image: The Mainstreet Trading Company, a bookshop and café in the Scottish border town of St. Boswells,
winner of the Best Small Shops competition in 2018.