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Independents Day to boost digital skills for 2014 event

This year’s Independents’ Day will take a digital approach as part of its celebration of smaller retailer’s contribution to the UK economy.

Independents Day will take place on 4 July and the public will be encouraged to make use of independent businesses within the tourism and visitor economy sectors.

The campaign, which aims to support small businesses in developing their online skills through the new Digital High Street Skills programme, is being backed by 18 trade associations, on top of the founders National Skills Academy for Retail and People First, with a package of support available across the UK.

Over the next three months, independent businesses are being encouraged to download supporting materials from

Skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock said: “Independents’ day is a great opportunity for people to show their support for small businesses - the lifeblood of our economy. It is part of the Government’s long term economic plan to ensure that small businesses have the right environment to grow.

“The Digital High Street programme, launched this year, will help businesses take advantage of increasing opportunities online and the new markets that will open up.”


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