East Renfrewshire small shopkeepers are being enouraged 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.
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 13 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.
East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton, who is backing the competition, said: “As we already know, East Renfrewshire bolsters some of the best shops in Scotland. With Glasgow only a few miles away, we punch well above our weight to compete. Having visited many East Renfrewshire shops already, I know many will not only do well in the competition but could come back a winner.
I’d encourage everyone to enter as we continue to show what the area has to offer on the national stage.”
Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday, September 9 via Best Small Shops