Celebrate Independents’ Day

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GAINSBOROUGH residents and shoppers are invited to come together for one day to celebrate and support the town’s independent retailers.

On Monday 4th July, shoppers across the country will be encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop to keep the high street alive.

Gainsborough BID Project Co-Ordinator David Hawkins said that it was important to recognise and support local entrepeneurs.

“Local, independent retailers are the heartbeat of the town,” he said. “It’s vitally important that we continue to use them and help them to grow.”

Imelda Hall from Seweezy on Trinity Street, Gainsborough added: “We are always on hand and are pleased to give help and advice to all our customers, which is something many independents take great pride in.”

Phill Emerson from Elite Workwear agreed.

“As a small family business, we are like every independent retailer,” he said. “Our customers really do come first as we understand the needs of the local market which we serve.”

Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail have teamed up with independent retailers and trade associations across the UK to encourage the public to celebrate diversity on the high street and support their local, independent retailers.

Chief Executive of Skillsmart Anne Seaman said: “Raising awareness is one of the biggest challenges smaller retailers face.”

“The time for sitting back has passed and action is required - your high street needs you!”

Retailers can download a campaign toolkit at www.skillsmartretail.com/IndependentsDay. To keep up with the campaign, follow it on twitter @Retail_IndieDay or via www.facebook.com/independentsday.