The search is on for the best small shop

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC, Member of Parliament for Torridge and West Devon, is calling on shopkeepers across the constituency to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the successes of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops Competition is free to enter and is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. All shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Friday 11 September 2020 via 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.

Geoffrey Cox said:

“Our independent shops are the lifeblood of our high streets and we are very fortunate to have so many unique and individual stores in our market towns and villages across this constituency.

Many of our small shops have played a key role in the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, especially those selling food products; setting up home delivery schemes and supporting the most vulnerable within our communities.

This competition is an excellent way to celebrate the successes of these businesses and to encourage more people to shop locally.”

Submit your entry

The entries for 2020’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Entries close on Friday 11 September 2020.

More entry guidance is available here.

Notes to Editors:

*For the purposes of the competition, a small shop is defined as a non-corporate business selling goods or services to the public for use or consumption rather than for resale, from a business rated premises in the UK.