‘Independents’ Day is the national campaign to celebrate and promote the UK’s independent retailers on the 4th of July.
This year it is celebrated for the whole weekend, and Andover BID has decided to stretch it out over the entire month. Our town-centre independent businesses are at the heart of our communities, let’s celebrate them!
InAndover from the Andover BID will be promoting local businesses throughout July to ensure these fantastic places get the recognition they deserve. To celebrate their importance, we’re making sure everyone knows about them. Over recent years, there has been much discussion in the media that towns like Andover have struggled.
We know that Andover has gone full circle from a local Market Town where large chain shops have come and gone due to online shopping. But now, Andover is in a unique position because of the number of independent businesses in our Town Centre with local people at their heart. Our local businesses stayed open and served us throughout the Covid Pandemic, providing excellent customer service.
There has been a huge amount of pride in our town, and the resurgence of a ‘Shop Local’ ethic has boosted our town again. New businesses are attracted to this town, and five new businesses have opened in just the last month.
Support your local independents from this weekend by perhaps pledging to visit one or two independent retailers you’ve never seen before. Over 150 independent businesses in our Town Centre provide almost everything you could want or need.
Andover BID will be distributing some carefully designed and stylish tote bags this week around the businesses, ready for them to give out to key customers. They have been created just for our town and will serve as a reminder to ‘Shop Local’ in our Town Centre as often as possible, to support our local economy. It is known that money spent locally goes back into the local economy.
Andover BID will launch our Independents’ Month campaign in the High Street in Andover on Monday 4th July. Go and see them in town at their InAndover gazebo in the Time Ring and be part of our interactive treasure hunt live on our Facebook Page @inandoveruk. Get involved online www.inandover.co.uk or in person. They will be giving away free tote bags and some ‘Andover Pounds’ to lucky people to spend in some of the local independent businesses in the town centre.