Friday, January 23, 2015

News: Call for Rotherham's best small shops

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Independent retailers in Rotherham are being urged to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, a UK initiative backed by MPs.

Returning after a hiatus of four years, the Best Small Shops Competition is run by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and administered by the Independent Retailers Confederation. The competition is designed to bring small retailers to the attention of parliamentarians and the local community.

MPs have been asked to promote retailers from their constituencies to participate and all "small shops", i.e. independents and specialist retailers, whether selling goods or services in the UK, are invited to apply to be recognised as The Best Small Shop 2015. (Applicants must operate from a physical, business rated premises).

The Best Small Shop will be selected based on a number of criteria including innovation within the business, engagement with the community and entrepreneurial activities.

Sarah Champion, Member of Parliament for Rotherham, said: "I really do believe that Rotherham has some of the best independent retailers in the country and I hope that they take this opportunity to prove it.

"Rotherham's High Street in particular has seen a huge transformation. It now offers a fantastic experience for shoppers in the town and is attracting more and more visitors from other areas. It has been incredibly difficult in recent times for independent retailers and I am proud of the way those in Rotherham have stuck it out and made a success of their business.

"I want those retailers to now show exactly what they and Rotherham have to offer by entering this competition, and getting the recognition they deserve for the brilliant work they do supporting the community and creating jobs all year round."

Rotherham town centre was named as a "Portas Pilot" by the Government in 2012 and compiled a pot of £350,000 to support the council and its town team partners in realising its vision to create a vibrant and thriving town centre with a different retail offer by fostering new, independent businesses.

Applications must be submitted by 4pm on January 30 2015 via the Best Small Shops Competition website

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