We all know it’s tough out there in retail-land, and it seems that people are becoming worried about the plight of independent retailers on the UK High Street. Here in Harrogate we have recently lost another of the small, independent gift shops that makes this town different from the identikit-High-Streets with the closure of Lemontree. This is a particularly sad closure for Chiggs since the owners of Lemontree have been selling Chiggs Wheels for many years, and over that time they have also become friends.
On a happier note, I’ve recently come across a couple of initiatives aimed at helping Britains Independent retailers:-
Independents Day scheduled for the 4th of July (get it?!) is a national campaign to “support your local independent retailer” whereby “the public will be encouraged to buy at least one item from a local independent retailer and celebrate diversity on the high street.” Easy for Chiggs as we practice what we preach and always support our local shops, particularly our local stockists! They have a twitter account at www.twitter.com/Retail_IndieDay and a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/Independentsday if you would like to get involved.
A second initiative is Independent Retailer Month, July 2011 ( http://www.independentretailermonth.co.uk/ )which has 3 aims:-
to encourage consumers to celebrate their fave independent retailers,
to encourage independent retailers to create a ‘buzz’ in July, and
(this is the Chiggs bit!) encouraging suppliers and all those who service the independent retail sector to spread the word. (I think I can tick this one off with this blog post!)
There are still ongoing initiatives like the Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday on Twitter #SBS where famous Dragon Theo chooses 6 small businesses to retweet to all his followers every Sunday. Chiggs was lucky enough to be retweeted last year (as gleefully blogged about here which was a wonderful boost to our business.
So, as the saying goes, if you want to save the High Street- vote with your feet! If you like to shop local, look no further than the lovely independent shops who sell Chiggs Wheels 🙂