Celebrating our local stores

Amy Steel, barista and Alex Redgate, co-owner of Gyre and Gimble coffee shop, Buckingham.'130627M-E223
Amy Steel, barista and Alex Redgate, co-owner of Gyre and Gimble coffee shop, Buckingham.'130627M-E223
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Buckingham traders are gearing up to raise awareness of local independent shops next week.

Buckingham Traders’ Association will be taking part in the national Independents Day campaign from Thursday to Sunday, July 4 to 7.

Throughout the period, shops will be putting on special events and customers can take part in a loyalty purchasing scheme aimed at luring more people into the town’s independent retailers.

Across the country on July 4, customers will be encouraged to buy at least one item from a local, independent shop to celebrate Independents’ Day 2013.

The national campaign is being organised by the National Skills Academy for Retail.

Academy head, Jane Rexworthy, said: “Independents’ Day aims to to highlight the huge range of skills successful independent retailers need to make our towns and cities such interesting and varied places to visit and shop.”

In Buckingham, A ‘Disloyalty Card’ will be given out at participating shops, with the opportunity to get the card stamped or marked by other retailers customers visit.

When a customer has six marks on their card, they can exchange it for a specially printed canvas bag containing discount offers and flyers to direct people to other specialist shops around the town.

Participating stores include Gyre & Gimble coffee shop, Dandy Lions childrenswear, At Home and Willowbank Joinery.

Art supplies shop, Canvas, will be opening late on Thursday, July 4, with special offers and local artists and craft makers showing their wares. On Saturday, July 6, Buckingham Art School will be doing live portrait painting outside the shop.

Canvas owner, Tryph Foster, said: “This is a great opportunity to support your local town and realise the diversity of shops within our town.”

There are more than 160,000 independent retailers in the UK, making up 92 per cent of all UK retail businesses.