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Bristol deli Papadeli named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2019

The winner was announced at an event yesterday hosted by the Independent Retailers Confederation at the Houses of Parliament

The deli was named as the winner from a shortlist of 25 retailers. The runners-up were named as Book-ish, an independent bookshop in Crickhowell, Powys, and The Recycled Candle Company, a small shop in Exeter that sells candles made from recycled wax. Cavanagh & Baker, a shop in Shanklin, Isle of Wight, that stocks everything from fine arts to country wines, and Small Stuff UK, a shop in Sheffield that specialises in ethical and eco-conscious lifestyle products and clothing for small children, were highly commended by the judges.

Other finalists included Whitley Bay gift shop For The Love Of The North, Mooch Gifts & Home and Nuneaton's Joco Interiors.

Speaking after receiving the award, Papadeli owner Simon MacDonnell said: 'We are very honoured and excited to have won this award and I think our regular customers will be proud and happy for us. We have been going for 18 years, starting as a deli, opened a cafe and we also have a cookery school and an outside catering school. Our ground floor shop is a food and wine retailer and an emporium for anything you might want to get in terms of a food treat.'

The Best Small Shops competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC). The competition celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets and the central role they play in their local communities. It is sponsored by Near St, the retail technology company connecting products in shops to people searching nearby, and booost, a soon to be launched loyalty, gift and promotions app for independent retailers and their customers.

Speaking at the event which was attended by Gifts Today, Meryl Halls, Vice Chair of the Independent Retailers Confederation, said: 'It is great to be able to celebrate the lifeblood of our high streets, our independent retailers, especially at this time of uncertainty and discord.

'The role of an independent retailer can seem like a thankless task but they are nothing if not survivors. Small shop owners employ local people and contribute to local communities and we are so pleased to have been able to showcase the best of independent retailing and give a vision of how engaging and exciting our high streets can be.'

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