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Hobbycraft sales continue to grow

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Best Small Shops Winner 2018

Posted on 12 Dec 2018

Over the last six weeks 115 pieces of coverage have appeared discussing the Best Small Shops competition 2018 and the 25 shortlisted finalists. The total readership for all the overage stands at 3.25 million!


The Mainstreet Trading Company is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

In 2012 they added a Deli & Home section, expanding their customer base alongside of innovative unique ideas including the ‘A Year of Books' subscription; Book Burrows, two areas where the shop plays children's audio books and the Love Your Indie book loyalty card.

Mainstreet trading company

Rosamund de la Hey said:

"It's amazing and unexpected to win the Best Small Shops competition having been shortlisted alongside an incredible array of fantastic independents from so many different sectors."

Rosamund expressed her gratitude for being recognised with three fellow booksellers, touching on the importance of mutual support for one another. She then thanked the team that has stood behind her and her husband.

Mark Walmsley, Chairman of the Independent Retailers Confederation, explained how:

"We have been able to celebrate the diversity, choice and quality of specialist independent retailers around the country and the contribution that they make to their local communities."