By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I am calling on small shopkeepers in the 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 Sunday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. 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 the 13th November 2018 to meet their Member of Parliament and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.

Retailers in Delyn continue to amaze with their excellent customer service, extraordinary offers and dedication to the towns they operate in. I know that many shops deserve the accolades of winning The Best Small Shop award.

There are also benefits for those who enter the competition straight away. Every business who enters the competition will be displayed on the Indie Retail directory which will help raise customer awareness throughout the UK.

Those who are shortlisted will attend an awards event in parliament later in the year and I hope that I will be able to meet some of our local entrepreneurs in the Palace of Westminster. So, I urge all small shops in Delyn to enter today.

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The announcement over the weekend that Sainsbury’s wants to buy Asda is concerning. In particular it is concerning for towns, such as Flint, where we have both an Asda and a Sainsbury’s right next door to each other. There are questions over the future of these sites and it will now be for the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to check if this merger is in the public interest.

The minister wanted to give assurances for the consumer, but when I pushed him on the hundreds of retail workers he said nothing. I want the Government to take action to ensure that no stores are closed and all jobs are protected.

The CMA has only started its investigation and I will continue to keep up pressure to ensure that we see no job losses.

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I have joined over 120 other MPs in co-signing a letter to the Chief Executives of all major supermarkets to pressure them to commit to the elimination of plastic packing from their own branded goods by 2023, if not sooner.

This follows the trail blazing announcement by Iceland, whose Head Office is based in Flintshire, who announced this week that it will be plastic free within five years. The current plastic packaging would be replaced with paper and pulp trays and paper bags, which would be recyclable through domestic waste collections or in-store recycling facilities. Read more “Calling on supermarkets to ban plastics”