Midhurst celebrates Independents' Day by encouraging people to support their local shops
Midhurst businesses are flying the flag for local retailers and supporting diversity on the high street.
Residents and visitors across the country are encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop to celebrate Independents' Day 2012 on Wednesday 4 July 2012.
The national campaign, organised by Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail, champions the local retailers who make the UK's villages, towns and cities so special.
Special offers will run throughout the day within Midhurst, including discounts and free extras. A variety of businesses are taking part, including cafes, boutiques, shoe shops, outdoor wear specialists, homeware shops, florists, beauty therapists, jewellers, upholsters and even motor repairs. Local students will also be helping by handing out leaflets and signposting visitors around the town.
Melanie Burgoyne, Rural Towns Co-ordinator at Chichester District Council, says: "Over 160,000 independent retailers make up 92% of all retail businesses in the UK, and so their importance to local economies as well as their contribution to a location's identity and community is unrivalled.
"Midhurst has a vast array of independent shops that help to make the town special and distinctive. Local businesses want to use Independents' Day to highlight what the town has to offer and to encourage more people to shop locally and experience the excellent service on offer."
The businesses taking part are:
Date: 21 June 2012