• 1 Jul 2024
  • In-person
  • Networking

Celebrating independent retail business

Join our IoD Surrey Ambassadors James Thompson (Ambassador for Independent Retail) and William Fillias (Ambassador for Professional Services Accountancy), for this in-person Directors social event.

Sponsored by Spokes and Greyfriars

Independents’ Day UK is an independent campaign that exists to support and promote independent retail businesses across the UK all year round, but with an annual focus on July 4th as a key Summer focal point for retailers: ‘Independents Day’ itself.

This year the focus of the campaign will be across two days on the weekend of 6 and 7 July, when independent shops around the country will be running special events, promotions or activities to welcome in new and existing customers. Independent retailers account for something in the order of 65% of the approximately 314,000 retail outlets in the UK and are at the heart of local communities throughout the country. Research has found that over two-thirds (67% of Britons) believe it is important to support local retailers.

At the IoD Surrey Branch we could not agree more. In fact, 100% of the Surrey branch committee support local retail up and down our county of Surrey. We are so excited to support our independent retailers, we’re going early and hosting our activity on July 1st to give them a longer run-in to the special weekend.

Come join us in for an evening of conversation and celebration of all things independent retail. To help celebrate we will be enjoying some Fabulous Fizz from Surrey based vineyard Greyfriars. Soft drinks and nibbles will also be available.The evening will start with some story telling...

James Thompson from Spokes of Bagshot will share highlights from his entrepreneur journey and how his passion for cycling turned into a business, and Mike Wagstaff from Greyfriars will share how he went from leading a FTSE corporation to viniculture as well as giving us some tasting notes too!This event welcomes all business leaders from all business sectors wishing to join the evening supporting and celebrating independent retail, and is open to IoD members and non-members.Places are limited so be sure to register your attendance as soon as possible. 

**Please note that a donation from your ticket fee will go to the IoD Surrey Branch chosen charity - KSS The Ambulance Service Kent Surrey Sussex to support the life-saving work that they do.**

We look forward to seeing you there! 


Greyfriars Vineyard

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Spokes of Bagshot

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