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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.

April Shop of the Month


Wellfield Bookshop, Cardiff

Based in Cardiff, Wellfield Bookshop first opened in 1982 and is the only bookshop in the Roath area that stocks new books. Well-stocked and fantastically curated, the family-owned business also offers a wide range of non-book products and gifts and if the book you’re looking for isn’t in stock, they’ll order it in for you. Regular events are held in-store and the knowledgeable staff are on hand to help you find that perfect book.





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!



Hewitt Cycles, Lancashire

Hewitt Cycles first opened in June 1994 and within a short period of time established itself as a shop that could fulfil the needs of various types of cyclist.

Starting from an extremely small shop - less than 600 sq.ft, several favourable magazine reviews and the success of the Cheviot range of touring cycles led to a move to their current, larger premises on Preston Road in Leyland, Lancashire.

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.