Four bookshops have made the shortlist for the Best Small Shops Competition.
Booka bookshop in Oswestry, Main Street Trading Company in St Boswells, the Book Nook in Hove and Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath (pictured) have all made the shortlist of the best 20 small shops in the UK.
The award is run by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group and administered by the Independent Retailers Confederation.
The other finalists include Belhaven Bikes, Cocoa Amore, Elite Meat, Heath Stores Horsmonden Limited, Hunters of Helmsley, Ilsington Village Shop, Jet Wheel Tyres,
Kirkcowan Cycles, Wise Owl Toys, Nisa Local Toddington, Observatory the Opticians, Piccola Italia, SS20 Ltd, The Bakers’ Table, The Music Exchange and Village Greens.
The winner will be revealed at a reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday 25th February.
Over 300 companies entered the competition, with the prize awarded to the business which shows the best entrepreneurial activity, community engagement and innovation in business.
The Best Small Shops Judging Panel said: "We were impressed and delighted by both the number and calibre of the submissions from retailers for the award. We were humbled by their energy, impressed by their commitment and in awe of the extent to which the best are embedded in their communities.” It added: “There is no doubt that independent retail is in the hands of creative, innovative, business-savvy individuals who are committed to making their local high street a better place. It was incredibly hard to shortlist, and the range of shops on the shortlist - both geographically and across sectors - is a good indication of the depth and breadth of the talent in evidence. We congratulate all the shortlisted businesses and thank all the retailers who took the time to showcase their shops."