Calls are being made for shop owners in Blyth to enter a national competition.
Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell is calling on owners of small retail outlets in the area to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of the businesses and the central role they play in the community.
The competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK.
Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday, September 9, via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk
A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be chosen by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.
The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shop’s entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business, and what they have done to have a lasting and positive impact on their community.
The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a parliamentary reception on November 13 to meet their MP and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.
The entries for the Best Small Shop competition are now open until September 9.
Shopkeepers can submit their entry at www.bestsmallshops.co.uk