MIDHURST traders are hoping to tempt customers through their doors tomorrow as they join national celebrations of Independents’ Day.
More than 20 shops in the town will be running special offers to celebrate the nationally-publicised day, which is designed to draw attention to independent retailers.
More than 95 per cent of businesses in Midhurst and Petworth are independent and many of these use local suppliers – helping to boost the local economy.
“For every £1 you spend with a local, independent business, between 50p and 70p circulates back into the local economy,” said Myles Cullen, cabinet member for commercial services at Chichester District Council.
“In comparison, for every £1 you spend online, only five pence circulates back into the local economy.
“Shopping locally supports local traders, their suppliers and the people they depend on to run their businesses. By shopping locally, you are helping to keep your high street, town or village centre, open for business – while also saving on fuel costs. We want to encourage people within the district to rediscover what’s on their doorsteps and support local businesses.”
Independent shops in Chichester will also be celebrating the event until July 5.
The Chichester City Centre Partnership (www.chichesterbid.co.uk) is co-ordinating the event in Chichester.
Chichester’s Farmers’ Market is also celebrating its independent traders on the day, selling food from across the county.
This will take place in North and East Street from 9am-2pm.
Midhurst weekly market in the historic Market Square will also take place tomorrow (June 4), between 8.30am-1.30pm.