Amber encourages small shops in Hastings and Rye to take part in competition

The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP is calling on small shopkeepers in Hastings and Rye to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

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.

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9th September via A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive 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 the 13th November 2018 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.

Speaking about the competition, Amber said: “In Hastings and in Rye we have some fantastic small shops and independent retailers who make our high streets so interesting and unique. I encourage all small shop owners to get involved with this competition, which we have a good chance of winning due to the hard work and creativity of the people within our towns.”

Submit your entry

The entries for 2018’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Entries close on Sunday 9th September 2018.



Notes to Editors:

  • This press release was written by the Association of Convenience Stores.
  • *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.