Milford Haven’s £20,000 #IndieMonth give-away

July has now become recognised nationally as ‘Independent Retailer Month’, which is a campaign to show the importance of supporting your local, privately owned businesses, which in turn massively supports the local economy. The Milford Haven Business Circle has embraced the idea and is pleased to announce its plans to participate this month, with a new promotion and a competition to engage with customers, old and new.

£20,000 worth of “Bank of Milford Haven” cash for customers to get their hands on!

Participating stores are giving away ‘Bank of Milford Haven Business Circle pound notes’ to customers for each £10 they spend right throughout the month of July, but check in-store for any exclusions that might apply.  The ‘notes’ can then be spent with the issuing business during September, so the more you spend in July, the more you will have to spend later in the year.  With up to 20,000 notes up for grabs, it’s a great time to see what is on offer in your local high street.

bank of milford haven

Businesses eager to help support town centre regeneration

Business Circle Chair, Lynne Turner, has said that the rise in membership numbers and fantastic willingness to help with the regeneration of the town centre has motivated the group to play a part in the 2013 drive.  ‘This is the biggest promotion we have run,’ she commented, ‘and it would be great to see lots of local people taking advantage of what’s on offer.  The independent businesses in Milford Haven are a major employer and contribute a huge amount into the area.  We have had a few new shops opening of late, and it would be wonderful to see people coming back into the high street again, not purely to shop, but also to use it as a social meeting place.  This increased footfall would in turn, hopefully encourage further new ventures to invest in our area.’

Look out for businesses displaying a poster and shop locally to have a share in this superb ‘£20,000’ give-away.


About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email
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