Thursday, July 04, 2013

Independents' Day

It's the 4th July, and while the USA celebrate their Independence, in the UK we're celebrating our Independents! Independent Retailers that is.

Across the country, the public are being encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop to celebrate Independents’ Day 2013. With so many independent retailers in Eton, it won't be difficult to find something wonderful to purchase.

The national campaign, organised by the National Skills Academy for Retail, was started three years ago, to champion the local retailers who make the UK’s villages, towns and cities so special.

With over 160,000 independent retailers making up 92% of all retail businesses in the UK, their importance to local economies as well as their contribution to a location's identity and community is unrivaled.

Jane Rexworthy, Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail said: “We are delighted to lead this campaign to celebrate diversity in retail. Independents’ Day aims to highlight the huge range of skills successful independent retailers need to make our towns and cities such interesting and varied places to visit and shop."

According to the National Skills Academy for Retail:

  • Shopping locally boosts your local economy, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow.
  • For every £1 you spend in your local independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into your local economy.
  • Shopping locally also supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their business.
  • By choosing to shop locally this July, you will make your contribution to keeping your high street, town or village centre ‘open for business’.