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Shopkeepers encouraged to enter Best Small Shops competition

A call has gone out to Mid and East Antrim’s independent shops as entries for the fifth annual Best Small Shops competition open up.

Entries for the fifth annual Best Small Shops competition are open to any small shop in the UK selling goods or service and judges are looking for entrepreneurial spirit, ways they have been innovative and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has urged the borough’s businesses to take part.

Councillor Peter Johnston, said: “Local shops play such a vital and central role in the community and it is right their work and dedication is recognised.

“This year it is more important than ever to celebrate independent retailers and their role in helping the economy transition out of lockdown and aid high street’s survival.

“We have so great shops across Mid and East Antrim and many talented people who have started businesses, so I really hope they apply and put their stories forward.”

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Entries will be judged by a panel from the independent retail industry.

Given current social distancing restrictions the awards evening, usually held in Parliament, will be held via video link.

All shops entering the competition will be promoted through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Nominations close on Friday 11 September with a shortlist announced in October and winners in November where five shops will win awards, including the new category of small shops response to Covid-19.

Our streets are already starting to look busier, as people choose to #Shop Local, Shop Safe – and with a unique mix of family-owned businesses throughout the borough, there’s no shortage of special offers to be enjoyed right on your doorstep.

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