Independent Retail campaign calling on shops to join egg-citing Easter activity and boost footfall to UK towns Monday 2 February 2015 PDF Print The Support for Independent Retail campaign is egging on small businesses and towns across the UK to organise and run Easter Egg Hunts in their areas, as the annual ‘Enjoy an Independent Easter’ event marks its third year. The Easter event is designed to improve footfall to village, town and city centres around the country, as retail parks and out-of-town establishments continue to lure shoppers away from local high streets. “Even though independent retailers are only just beginning to recover from the Christmas period, it is now time to start planning ahead for Easter,” explains Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion and founder of Support for Independent Retail. “Enjoy an Independent Easter is a great activity to get people shopping locally. It’s fun for all the family and it will make sure that those consumers are aware of the fantastic, unique shops that can be found right on their doorsteps!” While the amount of independent retailers continues to grow, local shops are still struggling to pull in those all-important customers. Recent Springboard data revealed that year-round footfall remains on the decline: December was 0.7% down on the previous year and the three-month average is now at a 1.3% decline. Unlike high streets and shopping centres, out-of-town experienced positive footfall growth for every month in 2014. Despite the rise in popularity for Click & Collect services, online shopping still plays a major role in footfall deterioration. Last year’s online sales in the UK flew beyond £100 billion for the first time, indicating that independent retailers need to up their game if they want to retain customers. Enhancing the customer experience The Easter Egg Hunt invites consumers to collect Easter Egg stickers from various participating independent retailers. Once they’ve collected all of their stickers, they win a special Easter treat – and, in some areas, can even be entered into an eggs-traordinary prize draw. The activity is intended to run throughout an area’s school Easter holidays, so that adults and children alike can join in the fun and explore their local shops. Although consumers aren’t required to buy anything when they collect their stickers, the purpose of the campaign is to highlight the great customer experience they can find in smaller shops – increasing the chances of future visits to make purchases and of recommendations to friends. “It’s absolutely vital that independent retailers get involved and help to organise an Easter Egg Hunt for their area,” says Clare. “Footfall statistics across the last year were incredibly disappointing for high streets and shopping centres, so independent retailers were among the many that missed out. “That shouldn’t be the case – independent retailers are a vital part of the UK’s shopping scene, and consumers need a gentle nudge to remind them to spend with their local shops. Enjoy an Independent Easter is all about raising awareness and educating shoppers on how important independent retailers are to the local economy.” She adds, “Research by CLES and FSB has shown that for every pound spent locally, between 50p and 70p will be put back into the local economy. If that pound is spent out of town, only 5p trickles back. That’s what we need to get across to shoppers.” Enjoy an Independent Easter relies on local activation partners to organise and manage the Easter Egg Hunts in their areas. If any towns or independent retailers want to find out more about the role and how their area can get involved, they are invited to visit www.indieeaster.co.uk. ENDS For more information, images and interview requests, please contact: Caroline Cook at Wordsmith Copywriting: 01529 298729/07849 079063 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Notes for editors: ABOUT CELEBRATE AN INDEPENDENT EASTER Celebrate an Independent Easter was created in 2013 by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion and leading UK retail expert. The campaign focuses on engaging consumer-facing independent businesses to create activation events which will be fun and will have a positive social and economic impact on their locale. By encouraging groups of retailers to create fun and engaging egg hunts throughout the Easter period, the campaign also tackles the very real issue of declining footfall in town and village centres. Enjoy an Independent Easter is led by Clare Rayner, The Retail Champion, founder of the Support for Independent Retail campaign, which also includes the Celebrate an Independent Christmas and the Independent Retailer Month UK campaign events. Clare is available to provide further content for print/online publication or to engage in broadcast interviews, either down the line or in the studio. Requests for media contributions may be addressed to Clare directly – by email to email@example.com or call office: + 44 (0) 1727 238890 or mobile: +44 (0) 7462 218000. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Independent Retail Month 2014 in the following categories: Retail & Fashion, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.