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21/02/2019Easter Themed Window Display CompetitionTo encourage visitors to our lovely town centre and businesses we are planning a Facebook Easter Window Display Competition. I know many of our businesses frequently theme their window displays so if you are able to support the Easter theme that would be great.

08/02/2019Supporting College Business StudentsThe College are currently running a live project with their Business and Retail students who are taking over a number of charity shops in the town centre next week. They will be involved in remerchandising stock and hopefully increasing sales during the two day take over period which is 13th and 14th Feb. They are working in groups of 2/3 and are looking for sponsorship of a small prize for the team which achieves the best results. If any of you are interested in providing this reward then please contact

08/02/2019Attempted Arson at a BID Business in the ButtermarketOver the weekend we had an incident in the town centre, which the police are treating as attempted arson. The suspect(s) had wrapped an incendiary device, in combustible materials, apparently found nearby and then set it alight in and placed it in the cash chute on the side of the building. The business concerned and the Police have asked me to bring this situation to the attention of our members, as looking around the town there are examples of cardboard and other combustible materials being stored against buildings and it’s possible that there may be a repeat incident against other businesses, so please consider how you deal with your cardboard left for collection.

08/02/2019St Johns Street Festival – 15th JuneThe traders in St Johns Street are reinstating their annual celebration of their street and we are working with them regarding the closure of the street. I attended a meeting, with some of the traders, last evening and they would be absolutely delighted if any other Independent businesses in the town wanted, for this day, to have a stall in SJS as they see the day being about celebrating Independent businesses and the town centre of Bury, as well as their street. If you are interested in taking up this opportunity then please contact Rosie, from Vinyl Hunter on

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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. 


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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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