IRC’s Best Small Shops competition returns

The Best Small Shops competition, managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), has been launched on July 4, coinciding with Independents’ Day, the national campaign which promotes the UK’s independent retailers each year.

The competition that celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets and the central role they play in their local community is returning after successful outings in 2011 and 2015.

It 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 in the UK.

The competition will close in early September and 25 of the most impressive applications will be selected for a final shortlist which is submitted to a judging panel made up of key figures from the independent retail industry.

These retailers will be invited to attend the competition reception in autumn 2018, where the winner will be awarded the title of Best Small Shop 2018.

In 2015 the shortlisted retailers attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament where they had the opportunity to meet with MP’s, trade representatives and other shortlisted independent retailers before the winner, Hunters of Helmsley was announced.

To enter the 2018 competition applicants must showcase their innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and community ethos by submitting details of their business via the online application form. The closing date for submissions is September 9.