Saturday, October 29, 2011

Three bookshops lauded by Parliament

Three bookshops were among the top 10 retailers to be recognised in the Parliamentary Small Shops Competition.
Kemptown Bookshop in Brighton won a trophy for coming third in the competition, run by the Independent Retailers Confederation and the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group (APPSG). The Torbay Bookshop in Paignton and Hayling Island Bookshop in Hampshire also featured in the top 10.
The competition is designed to bring small retailers to the attention of their MPs and the Booksellers Association encouraged bookshops to put themselves forward to their local MP.
Altogether, 19 out of the 80 outlets nominated for the prize were bookshops.
Kristian Berggreen, manager of Kemptown Bookshop, said: "We thought the prize was exciting and we thought we could use it in our publicity. It means a lot to us and our loyal customer base, we have won Bookseller of the Year before and they really liked that."
Meryl Halls from the Booksellers Association said: "The achievement of these bookshops is testimony to the central role booksellers play at the heart of their local community and it is a brilliant recognition of all the bookshops who are known to—and loved by—their MPs, as well as their regular customers."

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