Hunt begins for 2020 Shop Local Shop Little Heroes Image: The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN)

Looking for the retail heroes keeping local people safe and fed in unprecedented times

The Federation of Independent Retailers (NFRN) has launched its Shop Local, Shop Little Heroes Awards.

In association with Booker, Boost and Mondelez, the awards seek to shine a spotlight on the retail heroes who have been doing a fantastic job in keeping local people safe and fed in unprecedented times. NFRN national president, Stuart Reddish, said:

“These have been incredibly hard times for independent retailers but members have disregarded the risks to their own health and safety to provide their customers and their communities with a vital lifeline and I am tremendously proud of them.

“The extra lengths and breadths that independent retailers are going to – not just to stay open but to keep all their customers, but especially the elderly and vulnerable people, fed and safe – are truly inspirational and they must not be the forgotten heroes of the COVID-19 outbreak.

“That spirit ranges from supporting local hospitals and care homes with free products, offering key workers discounts in stores or developing their home news delivery network to deliver any essential products that customers might have. Through our Shop Local, Shop Little Heroes initiative we will make sure that these retailers get the recognition they so truly deserve.”

Entry forms can be downloaded from the NFRN’s website

The deadline is 5pm on Friday July 31. Finalists will be invited to a luncheon at a top London hotel in October when the three winning retailers will be announced.

For more details about Shop Local, Shop Little Heroes please visit www.nfrnonline.com