VIDEO - Thousands flock to Sheffield’s ‘Independents Day’ Market

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Sheffield proved that local really is best as thousands turned out to support they city’s Independents Day Market.

Retailers from across the city came together in stalls on Fargate on Saturday to showcase themselves - as part of a national campaign to celebrate independent stores across the UK.

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“The Independents Day market is a chance for small locally run businesses like ours to step forward and say ‘here we are, this is what we offer’,” said Dave Bromhead, who owns The Sheffield Space Centre on the Wicker.

As part of the Independents Day campaign, Sheffielders were encouraged to visit the city centre at the weekend and buy at least one item from an independent retailer.

The event was led by Atkinsons of Sheffield, the city’s largest and oldest family-run retailer.

Store director, Graham Frith told The Star independent stores are “what makes Sheffield different.”

He said: “The city has such a vibrant history of retail and it’s important that residents visit and support their local stores in an effort to boost business in the city and celebrate the diversity on our high streets.

“By showing Sheffielders what is available to them right on their doorsteps, we hope to stop valuable independent stores being swallowed up by big chains.”

Read The Star on Monday for the full story