Power NI announced as principal sponsor of Retail NI’s Independents’ Day 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Alan Egner from Power NI (right), is pictured with Nigel Maxwell (Retail NI Chairman), Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, and Glyn Roberts (Retail NI Chief Executive).

Retail NI has launched this year’s Independents’ Day describing it as bigger and better than ever before at a packed launch on Tuesday 27th June, addressed by the Lord Mayor of Belfast.

Independents’ Day is Retail NI’s signature campaign, celebrating the huge contribution independent retailers make to the local economy and high street. It encourages shoppers to do that little bit extra on 4th July with their local independent retailer.

The Secretary of State and all eleven local councils have given their support to the campaign which is supported by principal sponsor, Power NI, and associate partners, Translink, Hastings Hotels and Dalradian.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“This year’s Independents’ Day is bigger and better than ever before with support across the board from local councils, political parties, Chambers of Commerce and the Secretary of State”

“Independents’ Day is not just another shop local campaign - it is much more.

“70pence in every pound spent with a local independent retailer is recycled around the local economy, supporting farmers, local producers and town centres”

Alan Egner, Commercial Sales & Marketing Manager at Power NI, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Independents’ Day NI 2017, an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate the vital contribution that independent retailers make to our local economy. Its ‘shop local’ theme reinforces Power NI’s connection with a business community that we have served for over 80 years and we’re very proud to be Principal Sponsor of the campaign. Here’s to a successful Independents’ Day 2017 - remember to ‘shop local’, enjoy our high streets and support the local traders in our communities.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister, said:

“Belfast City Council recognises the huge contribution that the independent retail sector makes to the city in terms of our economy. For this reason we provide support to improve the ability of independents to promote and market their local retail offer.

“Over half (54 percent) of the retail sector in the city are independents and we are delighted to see that section growing. Independents offer that little extra that is sometimes forgotten by larger retailers, not just personal service but individuality in what is sold. It helps make the city more attractive because we all like to stand out from the crowd and independents help us do that.”

For more information on Independents’ Day 2017, visit www.retailni.com