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Hot Shops: Celebrate Independent Businesses Across Surrey

The Guide 2 Surrey 05/07/2016 Staff Writer
Independents’ Day is a big red ring around the calendar for independent businesses. It’s no coincidence, of course, that it takes place on July 4th, but across Surrey the whole month sees a celebration of what it is to be a stand-alone business.

In a research project completed for The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) discovered that for every £1 spent locally around 50p - 70p of that money recirculates back into the local economy. For the same £1 spent out of town or online only 5p trickles back to the local community.

Naturally we at The Guide 2 Surrey say that independent businesses deserve to be celebrated all year long, not just in July. So much so that our incredible Hot Shop videos almost exclusively champion gorgeous independent shops across the county. But there are specific events happening throughout July that exclusively apply to Independents’ Month…


Vintage, retro, antique and quirky... all at The Ark Camberley! #camberley #vintage #retro #hotshop

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Collectively Camberley, the company behind the towns Business Improvement District (BID), are celebrating the achievements of many of the towns independently owned businesses and encouraging shoppers to support local traders. Camberley Town Centre has more than 70 Independent Businesses including restaurants, hairdressers, art galleries, bakeries, lighting and much more.

Throughout July, the BID team will introduce a promotional film including seven of the towns independent businesses. With an eclectic array of businesses featured, Collectively Camberley’s promotional film goes deep into the heart of life as an independent retailer in Camberley. The video follows the BIDs 2015 promotion film that received over 11,000 views on Facebook.

Lucy Boazman, BID Manager for Collectively Camberley said:

“Independent Business Month is a really important time for the Independent shops in the Town Centre, and we’re calling on shoppers to come along and see what they have to offer. Camberley has an excellent mix of independently owned businesses, many of which have been trading in the Town for years! As well as this we are really encouraged by the number of new businesses that have opened recently. It shows a real business confidence in Camberley.”

Throughout the month of July, the BID will be promoting Camberley’s Independent Business on their LoveCamberley social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. As well as the promotional film, they will also be airing a series of podcasts recorded with many of the businesses within the town centre.

Over in Guildford, until 31st July 120 businesses in the town will be partaking in an entire month of schemes encouraging you to shop local.

Experience Guildford


In the spirit of 'Super Sizing' Independents' Day this year, Experience Guildford will be introducing a month long loyalty campaign to showcase the eclectic mix of independent businesses in the town - and reward you with cash prizes with a combined value of £1000 to spend in your favourite independent businesses.

Moreover, from the 4 July to the 31 July whenever you purchase a product or service from three independent stores or businesses in Guildford, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of ten £100 prizes. With over 120 of Guildford's independent businesses signed up to the scheme, you won't have to look far to find an independent store, bar, cafe, venue or leisure business that could put you on the road to being £100 better off.

While we are championing some of the specific events occurring around Independents’ Month in Surrey, we say use this opportunity to explore some of the independent shops in your area. You may even find a hidden gem or your new favourite place to spend your hard-earned…

Check out our Hot Shop pages for some exquisite videos of some of Surrey’s finest independents…

Miscellanea of Churt

Visit Miscellanea of Churt for luxury bespoke interiors, bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms! Simply stunning...

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