Independent retailers recently united in London to celebrate the ongoing success of the national online selling platform, Down Your High Street (DYHS), where they were joined by event organisers Network & Chill and partners The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira).
The networking event provided a deeper understanding of the DYHS platform, which now has 600 independent retailers trading on it. There were also workshop sessions from DYHS supporter Mark Hayes, stylist on ITV’s Lorraine. Plus, a motivational talk from The Apprentice winner, Sian Gabbidon.
The CEO of DYHS, Dan Whytock, said. “As the co-founder of Downyourhighstreet.com (and once upon a time a market trader), the relationship we have formed with Bira brings me great excitement. We are able to work with their 100+ years of retail supporting experience to make sure our independents are looked after and supported in the best way possible. In the current retail climate, this is more important than ever before.
“Our relationship started with a common interest in driving awareness of the UK high street. We can proudly say that together we have now achieved that with our first joint success story. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Bira supporting retailers all over the country.”
Bira’s national membership manager, Julie Holden, commented. “Down Your High Street is an ideal platform for our members. We are proud to work in partnership with them to provide an opportunity for bricks and mortar retailers to embrace online sales in a simple and affordable way. The fact that all traders on the platform must have a physical shop is very important to us. We want to support the high street whilst recognising the convenience factor for consumers and the need for retailers to respond to changes in the way people are shopping.”