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Shop of the Month

Each month an independent retailer is selected as the IRC shop of the month - vote for your choice now!

IRC member organisations can nominate one independent retailer from their industry for the shop of the month award, with the winner selected by website visitors - trade, consumers and MPs.

June Shop of the Month

INK@84, London

Selling stories, dreams, drink and conviviality in N5...

INK@84 is a new independent bookshop-cafe in Highbury, North London. The booksellers are passionate about books, reading and curation, offering the very best new fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children, together with a selection of classics and evergreens. They also serve fabulous coffee, delicious natural sodas and craft beer, wine and artisan gin in the evenings. Stop in for a browse and a drink.




Vote for your Shop of the Month

Vote for your chosen winner via the poll on the left. At the end of the month the retailer with the highest number of votes will be become the IRC Shop of the Month!



Nicholson's Cycles, Dundee

Nicholson's Cycles is an independent family owned retail cycle shop located in Dundee, Scotland.

The original business was opened in 1949 by Jack and Irene Nicholson. Jack was a member of the Dundee Thistle Cycling Club and a good amateur rider. The site of the original shop was No. 15 Arbroath Road, Dundee.

The shop was a "Mecca" for all level of cyclists during the 1950's and 1960's. Brands such as The Flying Scot, Holdsworth, Bob Jackson, Falcon and Raleigh were much sought after bikes.

Merlin Archery, Loughborough 

Merlin was one of the first companies to realize the advantages of machined riser bows, before many of the major companies introduced them. After being continually let down on deliveries by sub-contractors, he bought his own C.N.C. machine, and had it installed at his premises. This opened up new opportunities, and was the beginning of what is now a thriving machine shop running seven days a week using between 2 and 3 tonnes of 6082 aluminium each month.

Today Merlin has some of the most sophisticated software systems, capable not only of producing machined components, but 3D modeling and mold tools are also designed and produced in house.