Hastings shops take over Westminster

HASTINGS MP Amber Rudd held a reception this week in Westminster for independent shops that took part in her Favourite Independent Shop competition last December.

She presented two awards to Helen Robinson, of Shop @ Norman Road, and to Michala’s Cute Cakes. Legend Photography also received a runner-up prize for coming in a very close second place.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, attended the reception to speak with the shop representatives and to congratulate winners.

Ms Rudd said: “We all know that Hastings and Rye has some really wonderful independent shops. Day after day our local shop owners get up, work hard and offer excellent local products with a smile. I’m thrilled to have seen so many shoppers take part and vote for their favourite shops. This competition really gave shop owners the chance to get the recognition they deserve. The reception we had on Thursday was to celebrate the hard work that local shop owners put in day after day, and to congratulate our winners.”