The public is being encouraged to buy at least one item from their local, independent shop to keep the high street alive.
Skillsmart Retail and the National Skills Academy for Retail have teamed up with independent retailers and trade associations around the country to encourage the public to celebrate diversity on the high street and support their local, independent retailer.
Why support your shops? - The UK high street needs the public’s support more than ever before.
With the country still coming to terms with the economic meltdown of 2008, 2011 was always going to be a problematic year for retailers.
Many are struggling to maintain their business due to tough economic conditions and, with predictions saying over 26,500 retailers will be forced to close by 2015, the bleak future of the British retail industry can only be changed by the British shopper supporting their small businesses and these businesses in turn investing in skills of the future workforce.