Independents' Day

Independents’ Day has launched nationwide

Independent retailers across the UK are celebrating National Independents’ Day today.

The event, run by the National Skills Academy for Retail and backed by 13 trade associations, aims to encourage the public to buy at least one item from a local, independent shop.

Indies are putting on special events and promotions for the day – including themed window displays and offers.

Funding is also being made available to indies with fewer than 250 staff to access training and mentoring.

“We are delighted to lead this campaign to raise awareness among the public of the challenges smaller retailers face,” said the head of the National Skills Academy for Retail, Jane Rexworthy.

“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.”

Dragons Den star and retailer Theo Paphitis is also backing the event. He 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.”