Theo Paphitis backs Independents’ Day campaign

Theo Paphitis backs Independents’ Day campaign

Towns across the UK taking part – just two weeks to go until 4th JulyTheo


Theo Paphitis, long time star of the BBC’s Dragons’ Den, Chairman of Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas and founder of the lingerie brand Boux Avenue, has today announced he will be supporting this year’s Independents’ Day campaign.


On Thursday 4th July retailers and towns across the country will celebrate the many and varied independent retailers in the UK. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the contribution independents make to the local economy and encourage the public to buy at least one item from them on the day.


Towns and retailers have been encouraged to put on special events and promotions for the day, including themed window displays, high street festivities and offers.  The National Skills Academy for Retail’s network of over 50 skills shops will be supporting activities to promote the work they do to help independent retailers become more profitable and successful. Through the campaign, funding is available to independent retailers with fewer than 250 employees to access training and mentoring they might not otherwise be able to take advantage of.


Theo said: “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.


“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.”


Independent retailers make 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 unrivalled. More towns and locations across the UK have confirmed their participation in the campaign this year than ever before.


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.


“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.”


The campaign, now in its third year, champions diversity on the high street and recognises the skills behind the shop front. 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). Mondelez International has also sponsored the campaign competition for independent retailers to win free business training and mentoring.

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