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Shop Independent

Independent retailers are the lifeblood of the UK high streets, offering specialist products and service, knowledge and passion for retail and their community!

Shopping at an independent retailer supports local traders and in turn, the local economy, enabling local businesses to prosper and grow. Although each retailer is fully independent of every other, we all share a real love of retail and a passion to deliver a unique and individual shopping experience.

Did you know? for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy. Shopping online or in corporate, out of town retailers only generates around 5p back into the local community. 

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) brings together a variety of trade associations representing over 100,000 indie retailers throughout the UK - all of whom are committed to consumer choice, customer service and true value.

In order to raise awareness of the benefits of shopping independent the IRC supports a number of indie retail campaigns, including the Best Small Shops Competition which recognises the top independent retailers in the UK.

If you are member of the public you can search for independent shops in your area here.

Considering a career in retail? Check out our jobs boards or contact our trade association members to find out about how to start your own retail business.