INDEPENDENT retailers in Rugby are being urged to enter a national competition by the town’s MP.
Mark Pawsey wants shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the vital role they play in the community.
The competition is free to enter, and all shops who enter will be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.
Judges will look for evidence of a shop’s entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and community impact.
Mr Pawsey said: “Rugby has a great independent quarter which is at the heart of our town centre and is home to some really excellent businesses. I know they would be worthy winners of the competition.
“I know first-hand the work and effort that owners put to make their business a success. I hope that many of our shops here in Rugby will enter.”
The competition defines a small shop as “a non-corporate business selling goods or services to the public for use or consumption rather than for resale”.
A panel of representatives from the independent retail industry will make a shortlist of the 25 best shops, which will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on November 5 to crown the winner.
Visit www.bestsmallshops.co.uk to enter before the closing date of Monday September 9.