Amber Rudd MP announces that the Best Small Shops Competition is back!

AMBER IS CALLING ON ALL SMALL SHOPKEEPERS IN HASTINGS AND RYE to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, which celebrates the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their community.

Amber is looking forward to seeing small shops in her constituency enter and gain nationwide recognition:

“Our towns have some truly wonderful small shops and I would encourage all small shopkeepers to enter in order to show off what they have to offer. This competition is a great way to showcase the local area and bring in more visitors.”

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 Monday 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 5th November 2019 to find out whether they have been crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.





*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.