Shoppers urged to back local traders

PEOPLE are being urged to make July 4 ‘independents’ day’ and do their bit to support retailers in Milngavie and Bearsden.

East Dunbartonshire Council is flying the flag for local businesses to support diversity on the high street.

On Wednesday, July 4, the public will be encouraged to buy at least one item from a local, independent shop.

The council is asking its town centre traders to display posters about the initiative.

The aim is to encourage local people to consider shopping locally on that day and beyond.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “The council is committed to the future of its four town centres - Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Kirkintilloch and Milngavie - and we are delighted to support this initiative.

“In this difficult financial climate it is important that we all do what we can to try to support the local economy and a good starting point would be to shop locally on Independents’ Day on July 4 and beyond.

“Local traders are working hard in a competitive market so this is an opportunity to show our support for them.”

Jane Rexworthy, head of the National Skills Academy for Retail, who are backing the initiative, said: “Independents’ Day aims to highlight the huge range of skills successful independent retailers need to make our towns and cities such interesting and varied places to visit and shop.

“The National Skills Academy for Retail offers a wide range of support directly to retailers to help them get ahead. It’s essential independent retailers understand that to compete today they have to have the best people as well as products, and that training and development can really make a difference.”