Now, more than ever, is the time to support your local, independent shops across Sedgemoor’s retail centres. Celebrating Independents’ Day on Saturday, July 4th, Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater Town Council and Bridgwater’s Town Team came together to fly the flag for small, independent shops and traders. Independents trading is 65% of the approximately 290,000 retail outlets in the UK and are at the heart of local communities throughout the country. Shoppers are being encouraged to shop local and support their community.
Independent retailers offer choice, diversity of product and service, tradition as well as innovation, coupled with a more personal service to customers. They create local jobs and contribute to the local and national economies. The small independent retailers will be a local source of employment and help strengthen the economic return after lockdown. Several high profile retail outlets have already announced closures and others are making decisions on how to remain trading in these challenging times.