Britain’s Best Small Shop 2018

Blog · Posted November 15, 2018

We won Britain’s Best Small Shop 2018!!

“The Best Small Shops competition celebrates, not only the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets but also, the central role independent retailers play in their local communities.” Indie Retail

On Thurs 13th Nov, Rosamund set off for London to attend the awards ceremony for Britain’s Best Small Shop, held at the Houses of Parliament. Although we’d been runners up in a previous year, there was certainly no expectation of winning and Rosamund was more worried about being late home for our Christmas Shopping Evening that night!

So, it was a huge and very lovely surprise to hear Mainstreet announced as winner of Britain’s Best Small Shop 2018. Rosamund was asked for her reaction by the organisers, Indie Retail…

“It’s amazing and unexpected to win the Best Small Shops competition having been shortlisted alongside an incredible array of fantastic independents from so many different sectors.

We are particularly pleased to be recognised with three fellow booksellers, we’re mutually supportive of each other – and it’s great that overall, a bookshop is the winner. We’ve been celebrating our 10th birthday this year so winning the Best Small Shops competition truly is the cherry on the cake for us. We wouldn’t have been able to win this award without our team and it’s an equally important achievement for them.”

Indie Retail did an incredible job on the publicity surrounding the prize announcement, with coverage on news outlets from BBC Radio 4 News through to (Bill’s career high) BBC 6 Music!