Showing off Rugby’s independent spirit

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RUGBY’S many independent shops were in the spotlight last week as part of a campaign to get people to spend in the town.

Paul Rogers, chairman of the Rugby branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, was joined by Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Rugby First managing director Aftab Gaffar and Cllr Heather Timms from Rugby Borough Council for a Christmas shopping trip.

They started at Vanilla in Albert Street, before moving onto Johnny Porkers in Railway Terrace, Wild & Free and Terracota in Bank Street, J Pariss jewellers and Abraxas Cook Shop in Regent Street and finally Salters in High Street.

Mr Rogers said “I was delighted to go shopping locally, visiting a number of the unique and interesting shops that Rugby has to offer. It just goes to show that there are many independent places to shop this Christmas and indeed throughout the year in Rugby.

“It is important that we were able to show our support for local businesses and we hope our campaign encourages other shoppers to do the same.”

Mr Pawsey said “Rugby has a vibrant independent retail offer across the town – from Railway Terrace to Albert Street and across to the High Street in the centre of town.”

Mr Gaffar said: “Throughout December, Rugby First is continuing to promote our independent businesses. We’ve had a positive response to the 17,000 free £3 Rugby Town Centre gift vouchers that we issued to homes and schools, with already over 800 vouchers been redeemed, which has generated £13,000 for the local economy.

Cllr Timms said “The shopping trip reinforced how much variety and quality our local independents can offer. I urge our residents to make every effort to visit some of the town centre stores this Christmas - I guarantee you will amazed by the uniqueness of what you are able to buy.”