Belfast Telegraph

People urged to shop local during Independents' Day

By John Mulgrew

Shoppers across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to support their local independent retailers as part of a campaign to help boost the high street.

Independents' Day is an initiative organised by the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA) and supported by Bank of Ireland.

NIIRTA chief Glyn Roberts said: "Shoppers have a real opportunity to do their bit and support their local shops on July 4 and throughout the summer.

"Independent retailers offer quality, choice and something different to the multiples retailers.

"Independents' Day is all about celebrating the jobs, investment and services our local traders provide for us all, and is also a beacon to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs, which are so vital to the future of our local economy."

Sean Sheehan, Bank of Ireland Northern Ireland regional director of consumer and small business, said: "The Independents' Day campaign is an excellent opportunity for Bank of Ireland to acknowledge and promote the enormous contribution independent retailers make to the local economy.

"It also serves as a timely reminder to local shoppers to shop local, to enjoy our high streets and to support the local traders in our communities.

"We are proud to support Independents' Day and our local independent retailers, and wish the campaign every success."

Belfast Telegraph