Campaign reinforces ‘Shop local’ message

Hannah Petrie and Alison Cowan of the Windsor Bakery in Banbridge during Independents' Day
Hannah Petrie and Alison Cowan of the Windsor Bakery in Banbridge during Independents' Day
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The ‘shop local’ message was reinforced in Banbridge when independent businesses from across the borough lent their support to the Independents’ Day campaign earlier this month.

Shoppers in Banbridge were able to avail of a range of attractive promotions offered by independent traders throughout the day as well as enjoy the family fun activities organised as part of the initiative.

Emma Hancock (7) from Banbridge enjoys getting her face painted

Emma Hancock (7) from Banbridge enjoys getting her face painted

Independents’ Day is a UK-wide campaign which highlights the importance of local traders to their local economies and called on consumers in Banbridge to ensure a proportion of their spending was with independent businesses on Saturday, July 4, and beyond.

The campaign was led locally by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, with significant support from the local Chambers of Commerce and the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA).

Michael Donaghy, chair of Banbridge Chamber of Commerce and Trade, said: “It was fantastic to see independent traders from Banbridge town centre and across neighbouring towns and villages come together in support of such an important campaign such as Independents’ Day.

“It’s important to reinforce the ‘shop local’ message and remind people just how vital these independent businesses are to the lifeblood of our local economy.

He added: “Council has an important role to play in boosting local businesses and the Independents’ Day campaign was a great example of the public and private sector working in partnership.

“I hope those shoppers who visited the businesses taking part were able to get some good offers and that everyone enjoyed the family fun.”

The businesses taking part in the Independents’ Day campaign were from a wide range of sectors, including hair & beauty, jewellers, fashion and the hospitality sector. The family fun activities on the day included musical performances, face painting and giant board games.

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