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Championing Bury’s independent businesses...

Championing Bury’s independent businesses


Shoppers in Bury St Edmunds can look forward to a special week of celebration from Monday (July 2) as the annual Our Bury St Edmunds Independents’ Week returns. With a supporting social media campaign using the hashtags #BuyBury #ShopIndependent and #ShopLocal the activities have been planned to tie in with Independents’ Day itself (and American Independence Day) on July 4.


Now some of the town’s newest, as well as the more established, independent businesses are making the most of the week, which is promoted by the Business Improvement District (BID) Our Bury St Edmunds. Mike Kirkham, who is the BID’s Marketing and Business Support Officer is co-ordinating the week. He said: “With nearly 300 independent businesses in the town centre we have a lot to look forward to next week. On Wednesday there will be a Town Crier visiting some of our businesses and the Mayor will also be calling in on several of them.”


For independent hairdressing salon Gavin Ashley on Churchgate Street, Independents’ Day will be a double celebration as 2018 marks 40 years to the day since his business opened. Owner Gavin Downes feels that small businesses such as his have a vital role to play in their communities. He said: “I was born and bred in Suffolk and in the 40 years I’ve been running the business I’ve always been keen to give something back too. Whether that’s supporting initiatives such as Bury in Bloom, judging college hairdressing competitions or raising money for a local cause it’s all part of feeling really involved with the town that has given me this long and successful career.”


This is the eighth year that the campaign has been organised by Our Bury St Edmunds. Mike Kirkham added: “We’ve recently had the results of our annual town centre ‘healthcheck’ survey back and it’s clear that people who live, work and shop here believe that a good range of independent businesses are vital for Bury. People say they are all part of the town’s charm and character. Customers know that they get great service and many would like to see even more independent businesses in our town centre.”


Our Bury St Edmunds Independents’ Week runs from Monday July 2 to Sunday July 8. Details of all the independent businesses can be found at




Notes for Editors:

The Town Crier and/or Mayor will be visiting the following premises on July 4 at the approximate times below and photographers are welcome to attend:


10am – Commence at Angel Hill/Abbeygate St with a mix of independents from that area


10.40 - Langton Place – mix of businesses


11am – Gavin Ashley for 40th anniversary - Churchgate St


11.30 – Abbeygate Cinema – Hatter St


11.45 – Chelmer Fine Art & Auntie Pam’s Sweet Shop - The Traverse


12.30 – The Market


12.50 – Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Pocket Watch & Petticoats – Bay Tree Cafe - St Johns St


Our Bury St Edmunds is one of over 280 Business Improvement Districts in the UK. It was established in April 2010 to provide a number of additional services to improve the trading environment of the town centre. It is funded by levy paying businesses within the town centre and works with other agencies, including local authorities and the police, to enhance existing services for the town including marketing and promotion, safety, cleanliness and maintenance. In 2014 it won a ballot of member businesses to continue for a second five year term from 2015. For further information visit


For media information please contact Our Bury St Edmunds Business Support and Marketing Officer Mike Kirkham on 01284 766258 or Our Bury St Edmunds Press and PR Consultant Clare Phillips on tel: 07947 105414 /email:


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