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12/04/2019Love LocalMany of you will have seen this recently launched campaign from the Bury Free Press and I just wanted you to know that we of course fully support this initiative and are looking to specifically work in partnership with the BFP during Independents Week. At other times we are also making William Mata, the lead journalist on this issue, aware of things going on in the town centre, particularly where it involves Independent businesses. You may have seen some of our members have already featured in an article or two on this subject. If any of you want to contact William direct then he is very happy to hear from you at and he can supply you marketing materials, if you wish, such as stickers and pens

12/04/2019Public SurveyWe will again be running our public survey seeking the views of those who visit Bury and also those who don’t. It should go live next week and will be open until the 31st May. Once it’s available I would be very grateful if you can share the link with your staff, customers, friends and family so we can get the views of as many people as possible in order for us to be aware of what our potential customers want the town centre to offer. More specific details to follow next week.

12/04/2019Network Events As you are aware we are hosting a members network evening on Monday 29th April at The Athenaeum but we are aware that an evening meeting may not be suitable for everyone so in addition to this we are holding two morning meetings at Bills in Abbeygate St. The first is a breakfast meeting between 7.30-8.30am on Tuesday 14th May and the second will be a mid-morning “coffee morning” between 1030-1130 on Thursday 6th June. To assist us with catering if you intend popping along to either or both can you contact and make her aware if you have any dietary requirements.

12/04/2019Sundays in the SummerAs part of the town’s summer event programme the West Suffolk markets team will be hosting two ‘mini markets’ on Sunday 30 June and Sunday 28 July. These markets will complete a programme of events on the last Sunday of the month during the summer with the BID’s Whitsun Fayre on Sunday 26 May and the Food and Drink Festival on Sunday 25 August. In addition to the above they will be hosting a ‘Friday Night Food Festival’ which will be similar to an event held in 2017. This will be on Friday 19 July and run from 12 noon until 9pm. There will be a bar, food and drink stalls and live entertainment. All these events will be held between Superdrug/Moyses Hall and the war memorial and on the paved area near to Poundland similar to their December Sunday markets. The road and remainder of parking will be kept open as normal. They would like to invite any interested BID members to have a presence at these events, which will consist mainly of West Suffolk market traders. Any interested businesses should contact Sharon Fairweather – for further information.

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Join us in supporting the range of fantastic independent businesses in Bury St Edmunds! We'd love it if you helped promote this week on your social channels and spread the word! Download our social images below.



Why do we celebrate Independents Week?


There’s so many reasons to shop and visit independent businesses in Bury St Edmunds. Not only do they offer unique products and provide fantastic levels of service, but for every £1 you spend with a small to medium-sized business, over 20p more stays in the local economy, compared when you shop in a larger business. 


Download social images


Header image: download here

This can be used for Facebook and Twitter, the header is the large image at the top which helps to capture attention of the user, and is a great way to advertise a campaign or a particular topic that you would like to promote. 


Full infographic / Poster: download here

An infographic is a full page image or poster that presents facts in a visual way that is easy to digest for the reader. It's also a nice anf un way to present facts and statistics about a certain topic. This is pictured fully at the bottom of this page.


Social image: Independents Week 2018: download here

This the Independents Week 2018 logo which can be used on Facebook or Twitter. 


Social image: For every £1 spent with an independent business, around 20p more stays in the local economy than with a national retailer. Download here

This is a lovely statistic on the benefit shopping in the local economy has versus shopping in larger shops. This can be used on Facebook or Twitter. 


Social image: Bury St Edmunds has 15% more independent businesses than the national average. Download here

Another great statistic to post on social media, this can be used on Facebook or Twitter.


Social image: We shop in independent businesses because... download here

This can be used on Facebook or Twitter.


Social image: Let us know why you love to shop independent. Download here

This is a great call-to-action image that asks users to get in touch to let you know why they love to shop independently or in your business! Can be used on Facebook or Twitter. 



Articles about Independents Week 

We wrote an article for Velvet Magazine about why we're celebrating Independents Week:


If you fancy some summertime retail therapy in July then you won’t want to miss a special week celebrating the wealth of independent shops and businesses in Bury St Edmunds. And as US citizens prepare to celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July – here in Suffolk Our Bury St Edmunds is celebrating not just ‘Independents’ Day’ but with nearly 300 independent businesses in the town centre it’s declared the week starting July 2 ‘Independents’ Week.’


Independent shops and businesses are what make Bury St Edmunds unique. This is the eighth year that the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds has organised a specific campaign to encourage more people to ‘shop local’. As well as special offers and deals to mark the week, a Town Crier will be helping the celebrations along in the Town Centre on Independents’ Day letting everyone know about the variety of independents available.


Download the full article here


We've also written a quick 3 paragraph write up for the Bury and West Suffolk Magazine which is available to download here


We have a regular column with the Bury Free Press and our most recent one was dedicated to Independents Week, which you can download here


Finally, we have written a piece for The Bury St Edmunds & District flyer, which is available to download here



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