There are just days left to apply – or nominate someone else – for the NFRN’s Shop Local Shop Little Heroes awards.

The awards scheme, which was created to recognise the selfless retail heroes who have gone above and beyond for their customers and local communities during Covid-19, has gained the backing of Booker, Boost and Mondelez.

Judging will take place in September and finalists will be invited to a private luncheon at The Ritz Hotel in London on October 27th, when the three winning retailers will be announced.

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “With just over a week left to apply, I am urging anyone that knows a local retail hero to nominate them for our Shop Local Shop Little Hero awards.

“Current nominations range from those supporting local hospitals and care homes with free products, to those offering key workers discounts and delivering essential items to vulnerable members of the community.

“These have been highly-challenging times for independent retailers and many members have completely disregarded the risks to their own health, to continue to provide for their customers and local communities.

“Many store owners have provided a lifeline service for their elderly and vulnerable customers.

“These awards are a fantastic way to recognise the truly inspirational heroes of Covid-19.”

The deadline is 5pm on Friday July 31.

Applications are now closed!

Nominees must be a NFRN member. Please note the NFRN will pay travel costs up to £150 for finalists travelling to London for the awards luncheon.