Business owners and managers have pledged their support for a national campaign which urges consumers to ‘shop local’ by focusing on the reasons they love trading in Luton town centre.
Independents’ Day UK is a not-for-profit campaign that exists to support and promote independent retail businesses across the UK all year round. There is a particular focus throughout the month of July, with shoppers and consumers encouraged to support independent retailers and businesses in their local communities.
Fergus McLardy, Luton BID Project Manager, said: “Luton town centre boasts many different kinds of small businesses; family businesses, local shops, independent professional services and lots more, so this is a fantastic national initiative to get involved with.
“This is about encouraging businesses to work together and encouraging consumers to shop local and we hope our collective efforts will have a lasting impact on Northampton town centre small businesses over the festive season and all year round.”
Throughout July our Ambassadors have been visiting local, independently owned businesses who have unanimously urged customers to shop local and shop with the independents. Here are just a few of the comments:
Anek Rungkradee of Nakorn Thai Restaurant, said: “Being an independent business means we can work as a family and stay as a family. Being supported by customers is really important to us.”
Karol Smyk, owner of Player Games in Luton: “Independent businesses support the economy. We are customer focused and can be flexible in our opening hours to suit customer needs.”
Liliana Poinaru, owner of Lily’s Beauty, said: “By supporting and shopping at independent businesses you are helping our town develop, expand and become more enticing to visitors.”
Natalie Harrington of Adrenalin Park Tattoos added: “We support local businesses as much as possible. We are an independent business so we rely on local people to use our shop and spread the word. Being an independent company in the centre of Luton means so much to us. We all love our jobs and are one big family working hard to keep our local business strong and full of talent.”
Michael Morrison from Ringo’s Bagel Shop, agrees: “It’s important to support people who put their heart, soul and last pound into something they believe in.”
Siobhan Burke and Bill Patel from I-occupy in Luton said: “Shopping local makes sense – it creates local jobs for local people who love to live in Luton town centre. We support this independents campaign because it raises awareness and creates a vibrant community which we are proud to be a part of.”
See our independents album and more comments from town centre businesses on the Luton BID’s Facebook page @LutonBID.
For more information on Luton BID and its various events and initiatives throughout the town centre, please visit the BID website www.lutontowncentre.org or contact a member of the BID team by calling 01582 510657 or emailing email@example.com.