Retailers across the country get involved with Independents’ Day

Retailers across the country get involved with Independents’ Day

Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail teamed up with independent retailers and trade associations around the UK on Monday, 4th July to celebrate Independents’ Day and champion the diversity of retailers on the high street.

Independent retailers throughout the country displayed the ‘your high street needs you’ posters, and others chose to go even further – putting on a host of events, including a vintage bus at the Barrow Carnival in Barrow-in-Furness, American-themed fancy dress and visits from the local MP in Windermere to name a few.

The public was encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent retailer on 4th July to support independents in the current tough trading environment.

Anne Seaman, Chief Executive of Skillsmart Retail said: “We have been delighted with the response to Independents’ Day. Facebook and Twitter have allowed to us see what has happened around the country and engage with independent retailers in an immediate and responsive way.

In addition, we took part in over 20 radio interviews, and the campaign received significant coverage in local and national press, all helping to raise public awareness.”

Independents’ Day also celebrated the skills behind the shop front, highlighting the wide range of specialist skills which retailers need to run a successful business. Helping them access the support they need is a key role of Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail.

Many in the National Skills Academy for Retail’s network of retail skills shops promoted Independents’ Day in their areas, and held special events and training courses to support retailers in developing the range of skills and knowledge they need to improve their businesses.

Sam Harrison, of Tinderbox Toys and Trinkets in Coventry, commented on the Facebook page: “We had a great day…I think you made an excellent start to Independents’ Day and now it has a ‘history’ which can be built on. Thanks!” in Hastings, East Sussex said on their blog: “What a great success Monday was: to show our support we offered an in-store promotion and we are going to keep the poster up in the window and run the promotion for the rest of the week.”

Anne Seaman added: “We are looking forward to making Independents’ Day bigger and better next year, and building upon the successful foundation we have built. We would like to get as many local retailers as possible involved with it and look forward to forming even stronger partnerships across the UK.”


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