Wise Owl Toys was among a group of shops that were in with a chance of being crowned Best Small Shop in the UK last month. The competition judging took place throughout February and was based on the shop’s entrepreneurial activities, work within the community and innovation in the business.
Mark and Heather Stewart, who own Wise Owl Toys, said: “We were thrilled to have been shortlisted and feel that it was quite an achievement to get that far. We think that the judges liked the fact that we help children with their handwriting in our shop and have a specific area for left-handed people. Whilst we didn’t win the top award, it was inspirational to hear about other small shopkeepers who have really made a difference in their communities.”
The Best Small Shops Competition is sponsored by PayPoint and Tictail and administered by the Independent Retailers Confederation.