Celebrate our Independents Day!

Northern Ireland consumers are being urged once again to support their local retailers as Independents Day comes around on July 4.

Organised by the retail lobby group NIIRTA, the campaign is designed to celebrate the contribution made by independent traders to local communities and to the local economy. Consumers are being urged to make a special effort on 4th July to support these invaluable local businesses.

In support of the day, Translink will be providing shoppers with a fantastic offer of a £2 return ticket after 9.30am for all Ulsterbus town services and Metro in Belfast.

Glyn Roberts, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association (NIIRTA), said the organisation's 2016 initiative will be bigger and better than ever before.

“Shoppers have a real opportunity to do their bit and support their local shops on July 4 and throughout the summer. Independent retailers offer quality, choice and something different to the multiple retailers.

“Independents’ Day is all about celebrating the jobs, investment and services our local traders provide for us all and is also a beacon to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs, which is so vital to the future of our local economy.

"In particular, we need to see new retail entrepreneurs coming forward and opening up new small businesses and leading the charge in regenerating our town centres.”