Penrith and the Border MP Rory Stewart is calling on businesses in his constituency to enter a competition.
The Best Small Shops Competition aims to celebrate the creativity of independent businesses and recognise their vital role in local communities.
Mr Stewart said: “I would like to encourage the wonderful businesses of Penrith and The Border to put themselves forward for this competition.
"We are all very proud of the quality, competitiveness and community spirit of our small shops, which are the backbone of our towns, and I would very much like to see them recognised in this way.”
Entry is free and open to any small shop operating in the UK, with a deadline for nominations of September 9.
Judges from the independent retail industry will shortlist 25 of those nominated, with criteria including evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and action to make a lasting positive impact on their community.
All shortlisted entries will be invited to a reception in the Palace of Westminster on November 13, at which the winner will be announced.
The Best Small Shops Competition is run by the Independent Retails Confederation and supported by the Association of Convenience Stores.