UK Towns to Celebrate Local Shops

Two weeks until Independents’ Day 2012

This Wednesday, 20th June, marks two weeks until Independents’ Day 2012 on Wednesday 4th July and increasing numbers of retailers, high streets and town centres are getting involved.

The day aims to celebrate the many and varied independent retailers in the UK, raising awareness of the contribution they make to high streets and local communities and encourage the public to buy at least one item from them on the day.

A wide range of activities and special promotions will run in different towns across the UK with the support of Town Centre Managers, independent retailers and the National Skills Academy for Retail’s network of over 50 skills shops – including themed window displays, high street festivities, competitions and offers.

Helen Santer, director of operations, Waterloo Quarter, said:

“On Independents’ Day we will be launching a new website which celebrates independents locally. A whole range of activities will take place in Waterloo across a wide range of independent businesses. From themed market stalls to a knitting class and a barbecue, there will be something for everyone. We are calling on local people to show their support for the wealth of different independent retailers that we have in Waterloo.”

Jane Rexworthy, Director of Skills Solutions and Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail said:

“We are delighted to see so many retailers and town centres getting involved with two weeks still to go. We are calling on everyone to support their independent retailers on 4th July by buying at least one item from an independent retailer.”

“We also hope that independents will take full advantage of the wide range of support there is available to them through the National Skills Academy for Retail network, whether that is training, mentoring or assistance in taking on additional staff through the new Retail Apprenticeship Training Agency (RATA).”

The Independents’ Day campaign, now in its second year, champions diversity on the high street and recognises the skills behind the shop front. This year, Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail have teamed up with trade associations including British Independent Retailers Association (bira), National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG), Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), as well as the My Shop is Your Shop, Indie Bound and Independent Retailer Month campaigns.

A full schedule of activities is available at www.retailindieday.comIndie day activities link or you can also follow the campaign on Twitter @Retail_IndieDay and facebook.com/independentsday

More information on the support available to independent retailers is available at www.nsaforretail.com

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