The 2012 national Campaign featuring UK’s independent retailers has just been launched by Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for Retail.
Independents’ Day encourages the public to buy at least buy one thing from their local, independent shop on 4th July 2012.
Never has there been a better time to celebrate than in the very busy Queens Diamond Jubilee Year – Torch Relay around Great Britain – the UK Olympic and Paralympic Games – to give custom to our local independent stores.
Over the next four months, retailers will be encouraged to download the campaign posters from http://www.retailindieday.com, celebrate the day in their stores and join forces with other retailers and town centre teams to hold special events to capture the public’s imagination.
More Information is available Twitter @Retail_IndieDay – facebook.com/independentsday or on the news section of www.retailindieday.com
Shopping and expert retail guru Mary Portas released her 28 point review of the long awaited High Street Report for The UK.
Her guidance report provided ideas and ways that the High Streets throughout the UK could aspire to attract new and retain existing shoppers and consumers of the future.
Fundamental to the report, that each town centre has it’s unique needs and that centre authority has the ability and power to address those needs to promote business as do those traders to ensure their business model fits and supports those areas.
Fashion Sussex is a growing fashion Trust, set up to promote regional fashion, where services are donated by numbers of experienced clothing & textiles retail and services professionals. The Sussex Fashion Awards were designed and awarded during 2011 which saw more than 700 interested public nominations vote for their favourites and awarded to 14 businesses and individuals across Sussex including retail outlets in a number of towns.
Winners such as
Walk In Wardrobe of Hove voted as Best Place to Shop in Sussex 2011 recently commented
…“It was just the lift we needed, and its fantastic to be rewarded“…
Suzie Turner winner Sussex Fashion Designer of The Year 2011 stated
‘I was thrilled to be chosen Sussex Designer of The Year ‘
Gossypium, the E’tailer and retailer of Lewes, Sussex winners of The Sussex Fashion Eco Award 2011
“Wining the Fashion Sussex Eco Fashion award meant alot to us simply because it is local acknowledgement”…
You can read more about what Mary Portas has to say – and it’s clear that involvement on the High Street such as The Sussex Fashion Awards can motivate the consumer and enhance the shopping experience further > Mary Portas Report December 2011