Priti Patel encourages Witham shops to compete for Best Small Shop award

Published: 7th August 2019 - 5:06 pm Category: Local News

Priti Patel MP is calling on the Witham Constituency’s shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in the local community. The Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. It is free to enter and all shops that take part will be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Priti Patel MP said:  “I would encourage small shopkeepers in Witham to take part because I know there is a strong entrepreneurial spirit in the town and it would be good to see it recognised in this competition. My parents were small shopkeepers and I helped out behind the counter, when I was growing up, so this is a subject close to my heart. The Best Small Shop competition is a win/win situation because your business will be promoted just for taking part.”

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday 9th September via 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. In particular, the 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 to find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.

Submit your entry

The entries for 2019’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Entries close on Monday 9th September 2019.

Notes to Editors:

*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.

The 2018 Best Small Shops Competition was won by the Mainstreet Trading Company, a unique destination retail concept – Books, Café, Deli & Home, based in the rural Scottish Borders.

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