Derbyshire businesses mark Independents’ Day

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Independent retail and hospitality businesses across Derbyshire are coming together today (Friday 4th July) as part of Independents’ Day.

The day is part of a national campaign which celebrates the importance and contribution of independent businesses to the UK economy.

The campaign is organised by People 1st, and the National Skills Academy for Retail’s network of more than 50 skills shops supported activities to promote their work to help independent businesses become more profitable and successful. Local authorities, chambers of commerce, retail and hospitality industry bodies have also shown their support and promoted the event in local areas.1

Jane Rexworthy, executive director People 1st - strategic partnerships and head of the National Skills Academy for Retail, said: “We have been delighted to see so many local authorities putting their weight behind local celebrations and working closely with their independent businesses to get them involved.

“Over the last four years, we have seen the campaign go from strength to strength and we are pleased to see that the locations involved have looked at the campaign as an opportunity to promote their local area and encourage their local community to use Independent businesses.

“We are committed to supporting the growth of independent businesses and to help them increase their business skills. Our WorldHost training programme has helped boost customer service skills and the Digital High Street Skills programme has proven to help businesses make the most of their websites and social media. “Through the Employer Ownership Fund, available until the end of July 2014, small businesses can access training at reduced rates and we urge small businesses to take advantage of this opportunity before it’s too late.”

For more information on Independents’ Day activities and training support available for independent businesses visit: Businesses can also get advice and guidance from, a website dedicated to supporting new and existing businesses.