National Success of Booka Bookshop Celebrated in Parliament

National Success of Booka Bookshop Celebrated by North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson


Over 300 applications from book shops, cycle traders, convenience stores, delis and jewellers were whittled down to 20 finalists for the Best Small Shops Competition 2015, which included Booka Bookshop in North Shropshire.


Applications to the Best Small Shop Competition were judged on their entrepreneurial activities, working with the community and innovation in their business.  The judging panel included; Dan Hyde, Consumer Affairs Editor of the Daily Telegraph; Peter Brooker, Head of Corporate Affairs, Paypoint; Kenneth Parsons, Chief Executive, Rural Shops Alliance, and Meryl Halls, Head of Membership, Booksellers Association.


Owen Paterson said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate the success of small shops in my constituency as part of this national competition, and I commend Booka Bookshop on the fantastic work that they are doing in the local area.”


Chairman of the All Party Small Shops Group, Simon Danczuk MP, said: “The number, variety and standard of applications received is testament to the excellent work that small shops do to create employment and serve communities across the country.”


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.”


The shortlisted stores came together at a reception in the Houses of Parliament on February 25th, where Hunters of Helmsley was declared the overall winner of the 2015 Best Small Shops Competition.