TV Dragon backs Independents’ Day

Thousands of retailers are celebrating their independence today as part of Independents’ Day for small shops.

The campaign, which is in its third year, runs across more than 120 towns and cities in support of small independent businesses. It is also there to encourage the public to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop.

Showing his allegiance to the cause was BBC Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis, who 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.”

Indie retailers have also been encouraged to host special events and promotions today, including themed window displays, high street festivities and offers. The National Skills Academy for Retail’s (NSAR) network of over 50 shops will also be supporting activities held today.

Jane Rexworthy, head of the NSAR said: “We are delighted to lead this campaign to raise awareness among the public of the challenges smaller retailers face. 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.”

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