Local MP, Dr Dan Poulter is calling on Central Suffolk and North Ipswich's small shopkeepers 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 Monday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk
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 meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP, Dr Dan Poulter said "Small shops and independent retailers form the backbone of our rural economy and often provide an invaluable community hub in our small towns and villages. This fantastic competition serves to showcase the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of our great small shops here in Suffolk and I would urge any small shop here in Central Suffolk and North Ipswich to enter this competition.