Alberto seeks South Leicestershire’s Best Small Shop

Member of Parliament for South Leicestershire, Alberto Costa, is calling on the small shopkeepers in his constituency to enter the Best Small Shops Competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

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 Monday 9th September via A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.

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 be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 5th November 2019 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.

Alberto, “I am really delighted that South Leicestershire has always been blessed with a fantastic array of brilliant, independent shops. Small shops are the backbone of our local and national economy and they play a tremendously important role on our High Streets, offering products and service that can’t be found elsewhere. This is a wonderful opportunity for some of the small shops in the constituency to be recognised for their excellent work, and I am very proud to support this competition which shines a light on the independent shops that can be found in every village and town across South Leicestershire”.

The entries for 2019’s Best Small Shop competition are now open. Submit your entry at

Picture above shows Alberto  with (L-R) Harborough District Councillors Neil Bannister and Rosita Page, Mr Danny Gill – owner of Karter’s Café in Lutterworth, and Regional Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, Cllr Les Phillimore, meeting for Small Business Saturday.  

*For the purposes of the competition, a small shop is defined as 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.