July is Independent retailer month, an initative which began in the U.S. and was first brought to the UK in 2012. It encourages customers to shop independently supporting local businesses and communities.
Independent Retailer Month in the UK has 3 aims:
To encourage all those who live in the local area to visit their nearby towns and villages, to explore the local, independent businesses in their community and to rediscover what their place has to offer. To vote with their feet, and with their wallets, if they really do care about having a sustainable, thriving high street!
To encourage independent consumer-facing businesses in towns and village centres to create fun, engaging activities and events throughout July. To focus on attracting the local community back into the town, high street or village centre. To ensure that consumers have a great experience that will in turn make more people want to come back more often.
To encourage product suppliers and all those who serve the independent retail sector to spread the word. Where possible to garner the support from suppliers to enable the retailers to deliver fantastic in-store events and activities, throughout July.
As Stockbridge is packed full of independent businesses - why not make a whole day of it and check out what's on offer... why not make a start from here at Eden and shop some fantastic individual and stylish clothing in our summer sale!