ATCM Supports Independent Retailer Month UK


The Association of Town Centre Management (ATCM), the national organisation promoting professional management of the UK’s town centres and high streets, has announced its support for the International campaign to support independent retailers.


Clare Rayner, the Retail Champion, will spearhead Independent Retailer Month in July 2012 in the UK; “We are delighted to welcome ATCM as an official supporting partner of Independent Retailer Month 2012. Their network of Town Centre Managers and Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) will enable us to cascade our campaign messaging to some 250,000 town centre based retailers throughout the whole of the UK.”


“By engaging those retailers and encouraging their active participation throughout July, retailers and town centres can make a step-change in the way they attract consumers. With a whole month dedicated to the campaign we can begin to create new shopping habits, retaining consumer spending in our high streets for the benefit of our local communities.”


The ATCM recently published its Manifesto for Town Centres and High Streets, which includes a 10-point action plan for Town Centres and High Streets detailing how government, local authorities, individuals and businesses can generate a new belief in the future of town and city centres across the UK.


Said ATCM Chief Executive Martin Blackwell, “We called in our Manifesto for a national effort to understand the needs of small businesses in a rapidly changing economy. Our network of town centre and BID managers are ideally placed to carry out this work and we will work to encourage Governments to recognise the social and financial value of this sector.


“We look forward to working with Clare Rayner on Independent Retailer Month.”


Independent Retailer Month is a global ‘shop local’ campaign. Its key message is about supporting the local communities where we live, work and shop. With this in mind, there are great synergies between the focus for ATCM and the Independent Retailer Month campaign.


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