Zero to hero! – Retailer in Exeter and Topsham is runner-up in UK’s best small shop competition

A zero-waste retailer with branches in Exeter and Topsham has been named joint runner-up in a UK-wide competition to find the best small shop.

Nourish Zero Waste, with shops in Magdalen Road, Exeter, and Fore Street, in Topsham, beat hundreds of hopefuls to be crowned joint runner-up at the Best Small Shop Awards 2020.

The zero-waste retailer was jointly-awarded alongside a homeware shop in Hastings, selling practical plastic-free, eco-friendly goods for the home.

Sarah Martin, Nourish founder, said: “This is such a wonderful accolade to receive, especially this year when business has been challenging for small shops everywhere.

“It’s especially satisfying that both runners up have a focus on being plastic-free and eco-friendly.

“It underlines the fact that businesses like Nourish are making a real impact on shopping habits.”

The Best Small Shops competition celebrates the commitment and creativity of entrepreneurial independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets and the central role they play in their local communities.

The competition received hundreds of entries which were whittled down to just 30 finalists, before judges chose one overall winner from Worcester and two runners-up.

Judges said Nourish was ‘clearly an innovative business working hard to engage with the local community’, adding it was ‘cause-driven, honest, authentic, and energetic’.

In awarding the prize to the zero-waste shop, judges said: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating. In the sheer amount of single-use plastic they have managed to eliminate from the local area.

“The use of technology to make the business smarter and the collaborative approach with others during lockdown is really impressive.”

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