The annual Best Small Shop competition returns on 5 November and celebrates the very best independent retailers from across the UK. This year's competition focusses on consumer engagement and how independent shops promote all that is special about their unique businesses.
Hundreds of shops entered the competition and were whittled down to just 25 by a public vote and an expert industry panel.
Record Store Day is delighted that two independent record shops, Jumbo Records from Leeds and Winyl in Manningtree have made the top 25! These are now in the running to be crowned the best small shop in the UK.
Other retailers that had made the shortlist range from cycling shops to cheese shops and everything in between, including The Recycled Candle Company, Moo Like A Monkey and Bookish. The winner will be announced in the House of Commons on the 5th November 2019.
You can read more about both of the independent record shops below. We wish them both the best of luck!
Jumbo Records are proudly independent record shop in the heart of Leeds' city centre, which opened in 1971. The shop sells vinyl and CDs across most musical genres and encourages local musicians to bring their homemade CDs and records for them to sell.
The shop hosts occasional live music and miniature cinema events and has a long history of collaborations with other local businesses such as breweries, designers, artists, other shops, music venues and the Leeds International Film Festival. Jumbo Records also make an effort to track down items their customers want that they do not stock.
Winyl is an independent wine and record store, based in Manningtree. They specialise in new release, re-issues, unusual, rare and vintage vinyl, and encourage customers to come and discover, and listen to, on their Audio Technica instore listening deck.
Winyl also stocks a wide range of wine, beer and juice. The wine is mostly organic and vegan and is served by the glass or bottle to drink in their cosy store or take away. The shop hosts regular free events from wine tasting evenings, free live music, a songwriting circle and a "singles" club.
You can view all of the shortlisted shops here: https://www.indieretail.uk/news/?page=1&id=2737