No, we didn't get the spelling wrong - this is the UK vesion, set up a few years ago to promote local shopping with local traders.
Stroud vintage store, Time After Time, has embraced the concept and will be officialy launching their re-vamped on-line store (http://www.stroudvintage.com)
'Stroud will be buzzing with all kinds of events and craziness - and we're happy to be part of that!' says Time After Time partner David Ireland. 'The last few years have been tough on we small independents and any help we can get with this kind of scheme has to be a good thing!'
ndependents' Day is a national campaign that promotes and celebrates independent businesses across the UK.
Now in its fourth year, the campaign has quickly become the voice of independent retailers to reach the local community, giving them a chance to be heard and get on people's radar.
In 2013, thousands of independent businesses in over 150 locations across the UK got involved in Independents' Day. Thirteen trade associations and hundreds of stakeholders (councils, business improvement districts, local enterprise partnerships, destination management organisations, town centre managers, town teams etc.) helped spread the word and supported their members and local communities organising activities on or around 4 July.
The campaign gained celebrity support through Theo Paphitis, ministerial support through Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock, and support from the Opposition through the Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna. Prime Minister David Cameron also tweeted on the day announcing his support.
Support for businesses
This year, the campaign also aims to raise awareness of the vast amount of support that is available to independent businesses to help them train their employees, become more competitive and grow. This includes:
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Digital High Street Skills training programme (http://www.digitalhighstreetskills.co.uk/
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Independents' Day is a great opportunity to show the value of independent shops to the local community and encourage footfall to your shop on the day. In the run up to 4 July, all independent businesses are encouraged to get involved, download the campaign posters and plan activities on the day in conjunction to other independent businesses in their area to make it a town celebration.
So check out Time After Time, Stroud and the entire UK on July 4th.
Time After Time: On Trend, On-line and On the High Street