Southampton shoppers urged to “shop local” to support National Independents’ Day

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29 June 2022

Southampton shoppers are being urged to buy from their local independent shops and eateries by GO! Southampton, the city’s business improvement district.

The BID is supporting Independents’ Day this coming Saturday and Sunday (2/3rd July) which aims to promote independent retail businesses across the UK.

Celebrating the diverse range of independent businesses found in the city centre, the BID is urging visitors to “shop local” and explore the wider offerings that Southampton has, especially those businesses which were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stephen Manion, Executive Director of the BID said: “GO! Southampton proudly represents more than 160 independent businesses in the city. From must-visit restaurants such as Mango Thai Tapas, Kuti’s Brasserie and Ottoman Kitchen, to family-run retail stores which have become a staple part of Southampton heritage, such as award-winning shoe shop W.J. French & Sons in Bedford Place, which has served the city since 1803.

“Without your vital support, we could lose these important businesses, and our High Street could look like a very different place. They each come with that community-driven warm welcome and personal touch which makes for a better shopping experience and keeps bringing visitors to our wonderful city.”

Stephen added: “We are also pleased to offer Southampton’s businesses support throughout the year, from recruitment and staff training to photography and marketing.”

The city has seen number of new independent businesses open in the last six months demonstrating Southampton’s attractiveness as a place to invest in. New independent businesses have included The Bok Shop in Westquay South, Gin & Olive and Blue’s Smokehouse in Guildhall Square as well as Pam Pam and Tropic Bar in Oxford Street.

Throughout July, GO! Southampton will be putting a spotlight on its independent businesses via the Visit Southampton channels.

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