THE Millom public have been asked by the town's MP Trudy Harrison to enter a Best Small Shop Competition.

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 positive impact on their community.

Mrs Harrison said: “We've many excellent independent shops across Copeland."