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Local small shopkeepers are being encouraged by Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland to nominate their businesses as part of the Best Small Shops Competition.

Stephen McPartland MP said, "The Best Small Shops Competition is a great opportunity to showcase the central role small shops play in our High Streets and more widely in the local community. You can nominate your business online so why not do so before the deadline of 9th September."

The Best Small Shops Competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be shortlisted with the judges looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.  The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a Parliamentary Reception on 5th November 2019 and find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2019.

Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Monday 9th September via www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was pleased to be able to hand over a cheque for £6,500 to the Garden House Hospice at the offices of local chartered accountancy firm Wagstaffs following their successful skydive challenge.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “This is a brilliant achievement and really shows the community spirit we have in our town. The Garden House Hospice is an amazing charity I am proud to support. I am just so sorry I could not take part in the skydive.”

Mark Hubbocks, partner at Wagstaffs, said, "It is not often that you get to do something exhilarating that will fuel adrenaline and leave you with a memory that lasts a lifetime. Add the fact that a closely bonded group have raised over £6,000 for charity and that money really makes a difference, that makes the whole thing very special indeed.

"I would encourage as many local businesses to consider doing something similar as we all have a part to play in supporting the community that supports our respective businesses."

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented on this year's exam results and the achievements of local students.

Stephen said, "I would like to congratulate the students, staff and parents who have made these GCSE results possible.

"The students should be proud of their achievements and enjoy the rest of the summer."

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland lent a hand to the Bragbury End Community Garden Group who were clearing up the wooded areas near Bleinheim Way.

Stephen McPartland MP said, “Big thank you to Cllr Doug Bainbridge and his fellow Longmeadow Councillors, Adam Mitchell and Alex Farquharson, for organising this community clear up. The Woodland Walk area really has been opened up and none of this could have happened without the large numbers of volunteers from different groups coming together. A real example of community spirit in action, here in Stevenage.”

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