Scottish bookshop Mainstreet Trading Company has been highly commended in the Britain's Best Small Shop competition.
The shop, based in St Boswells, Roxburghshire, was highly commended by the judges, but lost out on the top accolade to Hunters of Helmsley, a deli in Helmsley, North Yorkshire.
Simon Danczuk MP, chairman of the All Party Small Shops Group (APSSG), announced the winner today at a ceremony held at the House of Parliament. The APSSG runs the competition, while the Independent Retailers Confederation administers the prize.
The judging panel said: "We were impressed and delighted by both the number and calibre of the submissions from retailers for the Award. We were all humbled by their energy, impressed by their commitment and in awe of the extent to which the best are embedded in their communities. 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. We congratulate all the shortlisted businesses and thank all the retailers who took the time to showcase their shops."
Four independent bookshops were shortlisted for the prize, sponsored by PayPoint and Tictail, with Booka Bookshop in Oswestry, Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath and the Book Nook in Hove joining the Mainstreet Trading Company. Nisa Local in Toddington was also highly commended.
More than 300 small businesses entered the competition.
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