Dragon Paphitis Backs Independents’ Day

With just one week to go, Dragons’ Den star, Theo Paphitis backs the Independents’ Day Campaign 2013

Independents Day 2013Theo Paphitis, entrepreneur and star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den has announced his support of the Independents’ Day campaign.

On the 4th July, as the USA celebrates Independence Day, the UK will be celebrating their independent small shops and retailers.

The idea of the day is to raise awareness of the nation’s many small retailers and to highlight the contributions they make to the local economy in every village, town and city.

Shoppers are being urged to visit and buy at least one item from their local independent retailer on their shopping trips on the 4th July.

Now in its third year, Independents Day celebrates the diversity of the High Street which, it may come as a surprise to many, is made up of 92% independent retailers.

Theo Paphitis, the Chairman of Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas, said in a statement:

“I am supporting this year’s Independents’ Day campaign as I believe that independent businesses have a vital role to play in our economy. This campaign celebrates the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and passion that most small retailers possess, and need, to make it in retail, as well as the contribution they make to local communities.”

The campaign, organised by The National Skills Academy for Retail, is not just about raising awareness for shoppers. Retailers themselves can seek help from NSA for Retail at their national network of 50 skills shops.

Retailers with fewer than 250 staff, fitting nicely into the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) bracket, can find funding through NSA for Retail so that they can access training and mentoring to grow their businesses and make them more profitable and successful.

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

“People are passionate about their local shops and appreciate the contribution they make to a town’s personality. But we all need to make sure we use them and show support for these businesses. Independents’ Day is an exciting way to showcase the variety of independent retailers and traders in the UK, and get the British public spending in them.”

Rexworthy continued:

“The campaign is also a chance for us to celebrate the talented and hardworking individuals who run these independent shops. In these tough economic conditions, retailers must be skilled business people to stay competitive. The National Skills Academy for Retail offers a range of support and advice to help independents do this, as well as supporting retail Apprenticeships to ensure the next generations of shop owners are in the making.”

Theo added:

“Through the campaign, support is available to these small businesses to help them be the best they can be. I would urge independent retailers to take advantage of the support that is on offer to them through the National Skills Academy for Retail.”

This year, the National Skills Academy for Retail has joined forces with the Independent Retailer Month campaign and 13 trade associations are supporting the Independents’ Day campaign, including:

  • British Independent Retailers Association (bira)
  • National Association of Goldsmiths (NAG)
  • Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and
  • Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA)

For more information see the Independents’ Day 2013 facebook page or see the NSA for Retail website for more about Getting ready for Indie Day.

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