John Lamont MP is calling on the Borders small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the successes of small shops and the central role they play in their local community, particularly in response to Covid-19.
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 Friday 11th September 2020 via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. A shortlist will be announced in October with winners announced in November.
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 then be in with the chance to win one of five awards, including the newly launched award for small shops response to Covid-19.
John Lamont MP said: “The Best Small Shops Competition has been launched to promote small shops and the significant role they play in our local communities.
“This year it is more important than ever to celebrate the Borders independent retailers and their role in helping the economy transition out of lockdown and aid high street’s survival.
“As the competition returns for its fifth year, I encourage any of our fantastic small shops to enter.
“Small businesses are hugely important to the Scottish Borders and this is a unique opportunity to recognise their innovation, entrepreneurialism and community impact.”