A state of independents
It's very easy to find that you have spent the entire day shopping in Bath, with its winding passageways and boutique style shops. As big name high street chains fall over themselves to be part of the cities growing retail credentials, it is satisfying to find that Bath has a thriving
It is now more important than ever to support these innovative, inspiring and diverse 'Indies'. We've highlighted just a few of the many Bath has to offer.
Why choose an 'Indie'?
If you ever wondered what the benefits of using Independent shops may be to you, your town and the local economy, then read on:
Most local retailers will know exactly where they (or their provider) get their products from. This enables your independent retailer to let you know where the item was made/grown giving peace of mind.
Independent shops are the perfect place for a unique gift or item.
Typically, a local trader will focus on local producers whether they be a local artist, designer, author or farmer - items that you will not see on the shelves of a national
Boost to the local economy:
Recent research suggest that 63 pence in the pound spent at a local, independent retailer would find its way back into the local economy, compared to just 40p with a larger
Increase in house prices:
The impact of a thriving independent high street has a knock-on effect to the cost of local house prices.
On average, house prices in a prosperous area such as these have risen by £40,000.
The community theme – as more towns promote and support local retailers, in turn, local retailers will support the local community by holding events, fayres and markets to entice more people into the local community as well as add a 'social' aspect to area.
A personal touch:
You immediately notice the difference. Not only will you generally find the owner of the business on hand to give you their advice' – giving you peace of mind and a sense of 'customer service' that has long been a distant memory for many larger businesses.
You may also find that you get more for your money. How many times has there been an extra roll thrown in for a familiar face to the local bakery or a little discount when purchasing a couple of items. Again, something that is alien to the big chain and certainly something the member of staff will not be sanctioned to give.
Having Independent retailers within any shopping area gives us, as buyers, choice. Many town centres and high streets have recently been criticised for being 'cloned' -
offering the same uniformed goods, products and services. As we all have different tastes and styles, independent retailers can offer this choice which adds something different to what would be a very boring high street.