03 July 2020, 09:00 AM
  • The Independent Retailers' Confederation (IRC) has announced a new category in the Britain's Best Small Shops competition 2020
Indie businesses battling COVID-19 to be recognised

Indie retailers that have adapted their business to combat the impact of COVID-19 will be recognised in a new category in the annual Britain’s Best Small Shop competition 2020. The competition, which relaunches on 4th July, celebrates the return of Indie Retail to the high street, and with it a desire to hear from businesses that are demonstrating innovation to combat the impact of the virus.

Mark Walmsley, chair of the IRC, says, “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. 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.

“Despite the challenging retail environment, there is bountiful evidence that people value and believe it is important to support their local independent retailers,” he adds. “These shops are at the heart of communities up and down the country, offering a meeting place, not to mention choice, diversity, innovation and genuine customer service.”

Entries for all award categories in this year’s competition close on 11th September.

For more information about the Best Small Shops competition, click here.

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