July ’19

Our Bury St Edmunds celebrates its special ‘Independents’ Week’

One of the things that makes Bury St Edmunds town centre truly unique as a shopping experience is the wealth of
independent boutiques and businesses that you’ll find on practically every street of the town. And during the first
week of July there’s even more reason to support them by ‘shopping local’ as
the town centre organisation Our Bury St Edmunds once again celebrates its special ‘Independents’ Week’.

What began as a playful nod to the 4th of July and an ‘Independents’ Day’ to coincide with American Independence
Day has now grown into a week-long campaign. This year it runs from July 1
– 7. There are nearly 300 independent businesses in the town centre selling everything from jewellery to home
furnishings and designer shoes to natural remedies. Many of Bury’s independent businesses are long established names in the town, such as Sneezums on Cornhill, and will pride themselves on the level of customer
service they give and being part of their local community.

Mike Kirkham is the Our Bury St Edmunds business support and marketing officer and works with
the independent businesses to coordinate the special week. He said: “Bury St Edmunds is an ideal place for small independent businesses to start off modestly and grow as their trade increases. We’ve seen people who have started with a stall on our Wednesday and Saturday market move on to have their own shop or even shops. Streets like St Johns Street particularly lend themselves to that sort of growth – Odyssey the surf and snow shop is a great example.

They started small just over ten years ago and although they are still in the same street they’ve had a couple of moves
into bigger premises as the business has expanded. “Every year Our Bury St Edmunds surveys residents, visitors, and shoppers to find out what people like about the town. The range of independent shops and businesses is always highlighted as part of its unique charm and many would like to see even more
independents in our town centre.

It’s not all about shops either, we have a fabulous range of independent restaurants, cafes, and bars. Some of
these have very recently opened such as Spice Garden on Risbygate Street and No. 5 Angel Hill.” During this year’s ‘Independents’ Week’ campaign one of the country’s best known Town Criers, Tony Appleton, will be in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday to tell shoppers about the range of businesses that’ll be celebrating and many of them will
have special offers to tie in with the event.

Local radio station RWSfm will be broadcasting from recently-opened The Tavern on St Johns Street too. Look out for hashtags on social media including #buybury, #shopindependent, and #shoplocal. And don’t forget the twice weekly market, involving around 80 independent traders in the town.

For more information visit www.ourburystedmunds.com.