Why we raised the flag on Bristol Independents Day!

Well, after flags of independence being hoisted at five locations in the city, our free prize draw for people who have shopped or eaten in any of the city’s independent outlets (winners to be announced shortly!), and over 46 businesses who participated by offering discounts or special offers on the day, we want to give a big thank you to everyone who supported our independent Bristol businesses!

From Jason Thorne of Bristol City Council:

Well done to you and the rest of your team! I’ve already started asking businesses via Twitter how the day has gone for their business and whether they would like to be involved next time, here are a couple of responses so far:

We’ve had one of our busiest days ever. Didn’t get involved but will do next time 🙂

Brilliant Independents Day, lots of positive spirit and appreciation from our customers!

From our Facebook page:

What a lovely event this was – Great to see so many of the Bristol Independents united in celebration! @ArchHouseDeli

#BristolIndieDay @BristolIndie: Bristol Independents’ Day – Thanks to all who part took in our indie tasting today. English Truffle oil was the biggest hit.

And why are we doing all of this, you may ask?

The economics of local food:

Pound for pound of spending in smaller independent ‘local food’ outlets supports three times the number of jobs than at outlets of national grocery chains: outlets selling significant to high percentages (above 25% of sales) of local food support on average one job for every £46,000 of annual turnover; by comparison at three national chains one job is supported per £138,000 to £144,000 of annual turnover.

How much local food are small outlets selling?

For butchers the average (mean) of local food sold was 68%, bakeries 61%, fishmongers 55% and greengrocers 39%. Delicatessens and wholefood stores were also selling significant percentages of local food (46% and 20% respectively).

(Facts and statistics are sourced from the CPRE report: ‘From field to fork: The value of England’s local food webs’, June 2012.)

More photos from the day:

Photo credits: Mark Simmons (above)

Independents Day at the Tobbaco Factory

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