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You see, the independent businesses in Durham are the lifeblood of the City. Of course, Durham enjoys high street brands like Marks and Spencer, H&M, Boots, New Look and TopShop, but what sets the City apart from other shopping centres is the independent offering.
Nowhere else in the world will you be able to find Tealicious selling its freshly brewed tea along with homemade scones, Anderson’s of Durham with its quality clothing and footwear ranges or Northumbria Financial Management who can manage all aspects of personal and business financial advice. You can only find these independents and more in Durham City – they’re what make Durham’s high street different from anywhere else, and I’m delighted to be able to showcase these businesses, their offerings and more through Independents InDurham.
The event launches today with a special ‘Fiver Fest’, seeing independent retailers across the City from market stall holders to shops, restaurants and other independent businesses like estate agents and even artists, offering their goods and services for just £5 or multiples thereof.
With the special offers as part of Fiver Fest running from Friday 30 June to Monday 3 July, the scheme is intended to encourage people visiting the City to spend more money with their local independent businesses, to discover businesses that they've never visited before, to find out what's on their doorstep in Durham and to support the businesses which make Durham unique.
In fact, if everyone who lives in DH1 spent just £5 each week with local independents, it would equate to £4.6 million going into our local economy. Independents InDurham gives you the opportunity to take the time to discover more of Durham’s independent businesses; when you find something unique, or receive exceptional service, make sure you tell others. This way, we can help our independent businesses in Durham to thrive.
As part of the celebrations, you’ll also be able to experience some of the independent retailers across the City in different settings and locations on Thursday 6 July, through a series of pop-up events. With businesses such as Anderson’s of Durham showcasing their wares in Tealicious, and House of Gentlemen offering their services in Woven, the event is designed to expose even more people to the diverse independent offering across Durham. It’s about bringing different independent businesses to people where they are in the City, exposing them to other goods and services they may have not been aware of or even considered using before, while encouraging them to keep coming back to Durham and using the City as their service centre of choice.
Durham’s high street really is like no other in the UK; it’s a unique experience to enjoy whether that’s popping in to sort out financial affairs, taking time out to get a haircut, or spending a leisurely afternoon eating lunch and doing a spot of shopping. We’re really excited to welcome you to the City for Independents InDurham soon.