Which is Midlothian’s Best Small Shop?

Monday July 20th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Owen Thompson MP is calling on Midlothian 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.

Owen Thompson said

“If anything positive can come out of the Covid19 crisis it’s a strengthened appreciation of our local communities, businesses and services. The incredible volunteer response in Midlothian shows we have a sense of community that is second to none, and local shop owners are an important part of that.

“We know independent shops were already facing challenges from online competition and the large retail centres, and the lockdown will have left many struggling even further. Yet they remain so important to the vitality of our high streets, offering something more personal and special than the big corporate chains.

“If there is a small shop in Midlothian you think deserves some credit for their community efforts, let them know about this competition and let’s get them the recognition they deserve.”

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