Copeland MP Trudy Harrison is encouraging local traders to enter a competition to find the best shop.

The Best Small Shops Competition celebrates the creativity of smaller retailers and the central role they play in the local community.

A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications nationally will be made by a panel of established representatives from the independent retail industry.

The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary reception on November 5 to find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.

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.

Mrs Harrison said: “We have so many excellent independent shops across Copeland who I am sure would impress in this competition as they offer quality goods, bespoke services and excellent customer care.”

The competition is free and all shops who enter will also be promoted on the Indie Retail Directory.

Shops can nominate their businesses until Monday, September 9 via

The 2018 winner by the Mainstreet Trading Company in the Scottish Borders.

Shops must be an independent retailer, 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 and be listed in the online directory.