Rory Stewart MP is calling on Penrith and The Border’s small shopkeepers to enter themselves in the Best Small Shops Competition.

The competition seeks to celebrate the creativity of independent businesses and recognise their vital role in local communities. Penrith and The Border has a huge variety of small shops in its towns and villages and Rory would like to see as many as possible get involved.

Rory said: “I would like to encourage the wonderful businesses of Penrith and The Border to put themselves forward for this competition. We are all very proud of the quality, competitiveness and community spirit of our small shops, which are the backbone of our towns, and I would very much like to see them recognised in this way”.

Entry is free and open to any small shop operating in the UK, with a deadline for nominations of 9 September. All businesses that enter will be featured on an online Indie Retail Directory.

A panel of judges from the independent retail industry will shortlist 25 of those nominated, with criteria including evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and action to make a lasting positive impact on their community.

All shortlisted entries will be invited to a Reception in the Palace of Westminster on 13 November, at which the winner will be announced.

The Best Small Shops Competition is run by the Independent Retails Confederation and supported by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Submit your entry

The entries for 2018’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Entries close on Sunday 9th September 2018.

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