July is Independent Retailer Month!

Shoppers in South Oxfordshire are being encouraged to support small retail businesses this July during Independent Retailer Month, a celebration of independent retailers across the country. Throughout a range of in-store, online and community events and promotions, Independent Retailer Month encourages consumers to shop at independent retailers; highlighting their positive social and economic impact – local, nationally and globally.

Independent Retailer Month started life in the USA in 2003, as a tool to help retailers create celebrations for their communities, industries and own businesses. The campaign expanded to the United Kingdom in 2011, and Canada in 2012.

Shopping with an independent retailer supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. Buying from an independent retailer boosts your local economy, rebuilding confidence in the community, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow.

Research has shown that when you spend at a national chain store, 80% of the money leaves town immediately. Shopping with your local independent retailers means you are doing your bit to keep your community ‘open for business’.

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If you would like more information on how to get involved, as a retailer or a shopper, visit

independentretailermonth.co.uk.