Burnley MP Julie Cooper is calling on the borough'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 Sunday September 9th 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 November 13th to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.
Mrs Cooper said: “We have some excellent small shops in the Burnley and Padiham constituency and I really do hope that they take this opportunity to showcase their enterprising spirit and the vital contribution they make to local residents and communities.
"Running a small business can be really hard work so I would be delighted to see a shop owner from Burnley or Padiham get the recognition they deserve.”
The entries for 2018’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.