Retail industry celebrates Independents’ Day 2013

Retailers up and down the country prepare to celebrate an entire day dedicated to independent retailers on the high street.

Now into its third year, Thursday 4th July has been declared a nationwide day for the public to shop at independent retailers and celebrate the wealth of diversity available from small businesses. Organised by the National Skills Academy for Retail, the campaign looks to provide indie retailers with a voice and encourage local communities to shop and engage with their independent shops.

Thousands of retailers across the UK will join together to encourage the public to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop in a bid to keep smaller businesses alive. Towns and retailers from Chichester to Archway to Gloucester are planning special events for the day, including high street festivities, competitions, prizes and promotions.

Serial retailer Theo Paphitis, chairman of Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas and founder of the lingerie brand Boux Avenue pledged his support for the campaign stating: "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."

Jane Rexworthy, Head of the National Skills Academy for Retail added: "We are delighted to lead this campaign to raise awareness amongst the public of the challenges smaller retailers face. We want to celebrate the rich mix of retail outlets in villages, towns and cities across the UK and encourage independent retailers to invest in skills and training to ensure they continue their strong presence on the high street."

The National Skills Academy for Retail’s network of over 50 skills shops will be supporting activities to promote the work they do with independent retailers to help their businesses become more profitable and successful. Through the campaign, the Academy offers funding to independent retailers with fewer than 250 employees to access training and mentoring.

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