City ready to celebrate independent's day

City ready to celebrate independent

DUNDEE City Centre is flying the flag for local retailers and celebrating the contribution independent businesses make to the local economy.

On July 4, people are being encouraged to buy at least one item from an independent shop in Dundee City Centre to celebrate Independents’ Day 2017.

Organised by Dundee City Council in conjunction with the DD One trader group, the event will see participating traders and tourist attractions offer special discounts and incentives to shoppers and visitors. 

Sarah Craig, city centre manager said: “We are incredibly proud to have such a wonderful independent offering in Dundee city centre, from bread making to butchery, jewellers and outfitters, key cutters, tailors and cobblers, hairdressers and beauticians, gift shops, health food stores, restaurants and pubs. 

“Many of our independent traders support local artists and designers, food producers and growers, so buying from an independent you’re buying products absolutely unique to the area.

“When you shop at our local butchers, bakers or wholefood shops or eat at the independent restaurants, it’s also likely that what’s being sold has had a short field-to-fork journey, making the produce far fresher than anything you will buy from a supermarket.

“Research also shows that for every £1 spent in an independent shop, around 50 to 70p circulates back into the local economy allowing other local businesses to prosper and grow.

“Independents’ Day is a great opportunity for small businesses to shout about their unique offering and for local people to show their support by buying from an independent trader.”

Brett Davidge, Chair of the DD One business group, added: ‘‘It’s fantastic that we are celebrating the vibrancy that independents bring to the city centre. Independent retailers are the lifeblood of the High Street, offering specialist products and service, knowledge and passion for retail and their customers.

‘‘Independent businesses offer unique products that are a vital facet in our tourist offering. 

“Tourists visiting the city are able to purchase something unique to the city and region and generally something they cannot buy elsewhere.”

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