Special Covid-19 award in Best Small Shops competiton

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation (IRC), a group of multi-sector trade organisations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK, has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020

The annual Best Small Shops Competition relaunched post lockdown on 4 July, and judges are seeking entries from independents demonstrating specific innovation to combat the impact of COVID-19 in a new award category sponsored by booost, the loyalty, gifting and promotions app.

‘We have witnessed and continue to see extraordinary examples of innovation and ingenuity in being able to adapt a business to continue trading in some form,’ says Mark Walmsley, Chair of the IRC. ‘This is unsurprising, given the agility and commitment of independent retailers to their local communities and, in this extraordinary year, it is something we are determined to recognise and celebrate.’ Entries for all award categories in this year’s competition close on 11 September. To learn more or to enter, visit: bestsmallshops.uk