This blog has been created in order to provide a focal point and forum for Independent Retailers. It’s here to provide a repository of guest blogs from a range of people who can share news, advice, hints and tips, support and success stories with Independent Retailers.
One of the reasons this blog came about was to support the Independent Retailer Month campaign which runs annually throughout July. During Independent Retailer Month we release a “blog-a-day for #IndieRetail” and it seemed appropriate for that to be hosted on a dedicated Independent Retail blog.
If you’d like to know more about Independent Retailer Month visit www.independentretailermonth.co.uk – there is a FREE UK Shops directory (www.independentretailermonth.co.uk/uk-shops) as well as a whole range of downloadable how-to guides that you can either “trade a tweet” for or request by email (www.independentretailermonth.co.uk/ideas-resources)
Supporting Independent Retail all year round.
Independent Retailer Month arrived in the UK in 2011, it has been created in the USA a couple of years prior. 2012 was the first real opportunity to plan ahead as in 2011 it was only launched in mid-June – not enough time to prepare for July!!
What has since become apparent is that the independent retailers would really welcome and benefit from ongoing, year-round support. So that’s what we’re developing. Our plans for 2013 include creating the ongoing support, and this blog is the beginning of that.
A dedicated conference for independent retailers to network, learn and share.
In addition we’ll learn from our Independent Retailer Month UK “kick-start” conference and develop a dedicated event from that inaugural event that will provide independent retailers with a valuable day to network, learn and share.
A month-long retailer-led celebration of independent retail throughout July
We’ll still have the month-long retailer-led campaign throughout July, and encourage promotions, activities and events to be organised by retailers and groups of retailers in order to really engage the local consumers and celebrate their contribution to the communities in which they trade.
UK-Wide road-shows celebrating independent businesses and entrepreneurs!
We’re planning some kind of road-shows, in partnership with Enterprise Rockers. These will have 2 objectives:
- To provide support and advice, in person, to local entrepreneurs, traders and business owners
- To create a consumer-facing event to showcase the very best of what an area has to offer
We’ve not finalised the format of those yet, in fact there may be several formats to chose from in order to offer towns a choice, but we have some fab ideas on the table. If you’ve got any thoughts about this please let us know – the more creative ideas the better!
Independent Retailer Awards
To really celebrate the best retailers out there we’re scoping a nation-wide awards. We’re planning to include an “Independent Retailer of the Month” (thinking that these will be voted for by their customers – watch this space) and “Independent Retailer of the Year” awards (with many categories to recognise examples of excellence throughout this diverse sector). Again, if you have any thoughts about this whilst nothing is case in stone we’d love to hear from you!
Keep in touch with our plans for supporting Independent Retail via social media and email
To keep in touch you can:
- Follow us on twitter – @IndieRetailUK or keep tracks of #IndieRetail
- Like us on facebook (for now the page is focused on Independent Retailer Month, we may in time develop additional pages) – www.facebook.com/IndependentRetailerMonthUK
- Join our linkedin group – Independent & SME Retailer Forum
- Subscribe to this blog via email – using the button on the right
- Subscribe to our email news letters via the form on www.independentretailermonth.co.uk
- You can even download posters and logos from flickr via www.flickr.com/IndependentRetailerMonthUK
We look forward to releasing more news and hearing your thoughts in due course!