Steve Double MP calls on shops in St Austell and Newquay to enter Best Small Shop competition

Steve Double MP is calling on Mid-Cornwall’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the successes of small shops and the central role they play in their local community, particularly in response to Covid-19.

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop* operating in the UK. 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 Friday 11th September 2020 via A shortlist will be announced in October with winners announced in November.

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. 

The shortlisted small shops will then be in with the chance to win one of five awards, including the newly launched award for small shops response to Covid-19.

Commenting, Steve said:

“We have always had an amazing array of small independent shops across Mid-Cornwall and their work has been highlighted during the recent COVID-19 crisis where shops have often gone to huge lengths to stay open, adapt and innovate to continue supporting their communities during a very difficult time.”

“I encourage all small shops who are interested to nominate themselves and wish them the very best of luck in the competition.”

The entries for 2020’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Entries close on Friday 11th September 2020.