Heidi is encouraging small shopkeepers of South Cambridgeshire to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in the local community.
The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK, is free to enter and all entries will be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.
Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9th September. A shortlist of the top 25 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 develop 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.
Commenting, Heidi said: “This is a great opportunity for small shops across South Cambridgeshire to be recognised for the role they play in our communities. Our region’s diversity and entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in the wide array of fantastic small businesses across the constituency, and I encourage local shopkeepers to put themselves forward for this award.”
*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.