Paphitis backs Independents’ Day
Entrepreneur will support campaign for independent retail.
By Christina Williams
20 June 2013
Star of BBC’s Dragons’ Den Theo Paphitis will lend his support to this year’s Independents’ Day, taking place on 4 July this summer. Now in its third year, the national campaign aims to raise awareness of the contribution independent retailers make to the economy by encouraging consumers to buy one item from an independent store on the day.
“I am supporting this year’s Independents’ Day campaign as I believe that independent businesses have a vital role to play in our economy,” says Paphitis, who is the chairman of Ryman Stationery and the founder of lingerie retailer Boux Avenue. “This campaign celebrates the drive, commitment, enthusiasm and passion that most small retailers possess, and need, to make it in retail, as well as the contribution they make to local communities."
Paphitis also praised the support available to independents through the National Skills Academy for Retail, the organiser of Independents Day.
“Through the campaign, support is available to these small businesses to help them be the best they can be,” says Paphitis. “I would urge independent retailers to take advantage of the support that is on offer to them through the National Skills Academy for Retail.”
This year will see the National Skills Academy for Retail operate a network of 50 skills shops nationwide, allowing those in retail to access training and mentoring to further progress their independent businesses.
“The campaign is a chance for us to celebrate the talented and hardworking individuals who run these independent shops,” says Jane Rexworthy, head of the National Skills Academy for Retail. “In these tough economic conditions, retailers must be skilled business people to stay competitive.”
Independents’ Day will launch the start of Independent Retailer Month, the nationwide campaign spearheaded by retail guru Clare Rayner which runs throughout the month of July. Launched in 2011, Independent Retailer Month has engaged thousands of retailers in towns and cities across the country with local events – such as family days, street parties and celebrations – designed to encourage consumers back onto the high street to discover the local businesses operating in their regions.
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