Blyth shopkeepers encouraged to enter national competition

Shopkeepers in Blyth are being encouraged to enter a national competition celebrating the creativity of small shops and the role they play in the community.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 10:22 am
Updated Monday, 2nd September 2019, 10:52 am
Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell is calling on small shopkeepers in his constituency to enter the Best Small Shops Competition.

The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday, September 9, via

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

The 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.

Those shortlisted shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on November 5 where they will meet their MP and find out who will be crowned Best Small Shop for 2019.

Mr Campbell said: “The Best Small Shops Competition has been launched to promote small shops and the role they play in local communities.

“This is an excellent opportunity for small shops in my constituency to showcase the central role they play in building local communities.”

For more information on 2019’s Best Small Shop competition or to submit your entry visit