Support Your Local Traders on Independents’ Day
Shoppers in Tamworth are being encouraged to support their local independent traders on July 4.
Next Wednesday has been designated as Independents’ Day and aims to celebrate and promote independent traders, as well as raising the profile of the town centre, in line with recommendations from the Portas Review.
The whole day – which is being organised in Tamworth by Destination Tamworth, working with Tamworth Borough Council – will see independent traders throughout the town running promotions and extending their opening hours to show shoppers what they have to offer.
In Bolebridge Mews, all of the nine shops there are run by independent traders and every one of them is taking part in Independents’ Day. Every shop will be staying open all day, instead of their usual half-day closing. They will also be running a number of promotionsand offers to encourage customers through their doors.
Aaron Howlett, who runs Darla’s Toys in Bolebridge Mews, said Independents’ Day is the perfect opportunity for Tamworth residents and visitors alike to support small independent traders, who are the lifeblood of the town and make a vital contribution to Tamworth’s economy.
He said: “All of the businesses here in Bolebridge Mews are getting involved in Independents’ Day and we will all be staying open all day to show shoppers what is on offer here.”
“Small independent shops are vitally important to Tamworth and offer a level of personal service which you don’t get from the chains. In my shop, Darla’s Toys, there are more than 20,000 products and I know them all. It is the same with all the other shops here in Bolebridge Mews – we are all much more hands-on with our products.”
Other independent traders in the town centre – including Nibbles Café, The Toolbox and Lavish Legs, as well as businesses in Lower Gungate, Little Church Lane and Mitchells Court will also be taking part in Independents’ Day.
Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Tina Clements, will be visiting the independent traders throughout the town from 10am to noon to show her support. There will also be a town crier, street entertainment and live music under the canopy in St Editha’s Square.
Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economic Development and Enterprise, said:
“Independent traders are vitally important to Tamworth and we want to showcase the wide range they have available to shoppers.
“I am very pleased to be supporting Independents’ Day and hope to see a large number of shoppers giving it their backing too.”
Tamworth’s Independent’s Day is part of a national campaign organised by Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail, which champion small independent retailers.
The success of last weekend’s National Market Day initiative is also set to continue, with acommunity market along Lower Gungate on Tuesday July 3 and 10, which will also help to support the independent retailers along Lower Gungate, Little Church Lane and Mitchells Court by boosting the number of shoppers and visitors.