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‘Help find Portsmouth’s best small shop’ urges city MP

In a bid to continue to help support small business and Portsmouth’s small shops on the road to recovery, Stephen Morgan MP has urged constituents to let him know their favourites and why so that they can be nominated for the national Best Small Shops Awards.

The city MP has asked Portsmouth South residents to consider 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 for the awards.

Special consideration will be given to shops that have gone above and beyond amid the public health pandemic. Constituents are also encouraged to complete the survey, the results of which will then be passed on to ‘Indie Retail’ as part of The Best Small Shops Competition.

Stephen Morgan MP said:

“Amid Covid-19 we have truly seen just how valuable our small shops are. Whether considering corner stores keeping homes stocked with essential supplies or book shops allowing us access to vital entertainment, we have all relied on Portsmouth’s variety of small businesses. It is important that we recognise the efforts of these small shops and thank them for going above and beyond in keeping our communities going through these tough times.

It is not just in recent months that they have been so important, Portsmouth’s thriving independent shopping scene has always been crucial to the local economy, jobs and our city’s culture. Now it’s time to do out bit to thank them for these efforts.

I encourage any local resident who has a favourite small shop in Portsmouth South to get in touch and share their story so we can ensure they receive the commendation they deserve”.

The criteria for who can be nominated is a non-corporate business selling goods or services to the public for use or consumption rather than for resale, from a business rated premises in the UK.

The national Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. Residents can nominate their favourite businesses until Friday 11 September 2020 and a shortlist will be announced in October with winners announced in November. Those who are shortlisted are eligible for five awards including the newly launched award for small shops response to Covid-19.

You can select your favourite small shop here