AN independent gift retailer with stores in Stourport and Bewdley is in the running to win a national retailer award.

Mooch Gifts And Home have made the shortlist for Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2019.

The shops aim to promote a warm and friendly atmosphere for guests, and staff are passionate about providing excellent customer service.

Mooch offers 'unique' gifts, cards and home accessories which are not found in other local stores.

The shops collect for the West Midlands Air Ambulance from both stores and also runs several Shop Trails to encourage footfall around the local traders.

They are also active on social media as a way of encouraging footfall into the shops where it champions distinctive items from talented British designers.

The Best Small Shops competition is managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC).

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

The winner will be announced at an event at the Houses of Parliament in early November.

Mark Walmsley, chairman of the independent retailers confederation said: “Independent retailers are the lifeblood of UK high streets.

"They offer tradition, choice and innovation through the diversity of niche products and services. Independent retailers have been, and still are, an integral part of local communities all around the UK.”

“The Best Small Shops competition enables us to celebrate this unique industry. It is all about recognising the community and culture that is independent retail, giving us the chance to highlight its innovation, customer service, commitment to community and diversity.”