Independent traders band together for a stronger future

Manchester: The Place for Independents
14 November 2017, 5:45pm - 7:00pm
HRC Law, 8-10 Exchange Street



With the homogenisation of the Great British High Street, independent retailers give our city’s streets and buildings colour and personality. Yet many are finding it increasingly hard to compete.

Business rate and overhead hikes, big brand competitors with marketing budgets to match and the economic squeeze over would-be customers’ purse strings, are all taking their toll.

In response, a solicitors firm on St Ann’s Square is rallying fellow independents to join forces and create a new lobby group. The newly formed association is on the advice of Councillor Pat Karney, who will attend the inaugural get-together and answer any questions traders may have.

The first meeting for independent traders takes place at 5.45pm on Tuesday, November 14 at HRC’s offices at Acresfield, Exchange Street, and anybody is welcome to attend.

As well as an opportunity to explore possible solutions to hot topics such as expensive parking and business rates, it gets traders in the room together when running your own business can often be a lonely affair.

Anybody wishing to attend is asked to let organiser Stephen know on 0161 358 0530 or


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant