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July is Independent Retail Month!

By Robert Carder Shoes, Jun 30 2013 01:50PM

July marks the UK’s third Independent Retailer Month, which aims to raise awareness of thousands of local businesses and increase footfall into town and village centres, helping retailers to stay open for business, and to reduce the number of empty shops on the high street.

The CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) did some research for FSB (Federation of Small Businesses) about the value of a £1 spent locally and the results were compelling; sufficient to convince most people that when they shop locally they are genuinely having a positive impact on their community! They discovered that for every £1 spent locally around 50p - 70p of that money circulates back into the local economy, whereas for the same £1 spent out of town or online, only 5p trickles back to the local community. As a result, it is believed that when people appreciate the impact made by where they choose to spend their money they will make an effort to spend more with local independent businesses.

Independent Retailer Month is a really important time for shops and business, and we are calling on shoppers to come along and see what we have to offer. The number of empty shops on British high streets has hit an all-time high this year, and the only way to stop that happening is for people to visit them, and support them. While many people do shop for convenience online, or at one-stop centres, there is no substitute for great customer service and that sense of community that comes with shopping close to home, and we want to remind people of that.

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