'The high street is where shopping comes alive' - Campaign launched to celebrate Ipswich's independent heroes
PUBLISHED: 15:43 20 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:43 20 May 2019
A new campaign is under way celebrating the independent businesses which shape Ipswich's unique personality.
#LOVEIndependent was launched by Coes of Ipswich last month and is already supported by more than 50 stores across the town.
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The idea is a simple one.
In Ipswich there are a host of independent shops dedicated to serving the local community.
And while they often become part of what makes our local landscape so distinctive, they can just as easily remain hidden - their wonders left untapped.
So, in an effort to combat this potential problem Coes department store, one of the town's most successful independent retailers, has launched the #LOVEIndependent initiative to shine a light on the hidden gems.
"I passionately believe there is nothing like the local high street", explained William Coe.
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"It's vital that we celebrate everything it has to offer - the high street is where shopping comes alive with diversity and character.
"There's a sense of community you get from shopping locally and discovering ideas that can only exist outside the mainstream."
He added: "Local businesses contribute tremendously to the identity of the towns we're in.
"So we have teamed up with a few of them to introduce you to the fantastic people who run them and help our town centres continue to thrive."
The campaign has also been rolled out to like-minded business in Felixstowe and Maldon who are passionate about nurturing their local community.
As part of the initiative businesses proudly display the campaign's colourful logo in their shop windows and are profiled on the Coes blog.
Stores taking part in the campaign include; The House in Town, Applaud, Elmy Cycles, Lady Norfolk & Lord Rust, Maud's Attic, LoveOne and Truffle Clothing.
Mr Coe added: "This summer brings a host of events worth celebrating, from Suffolk Pride and Latitude, to the launch of Destination Norwich Road and Elmer's Big Parade Suffolk, providing the perfect opportunity to come together to recognise the vibrant communities around us.
"Independent stores, events and people who love where they live make our hometowns what they are. Let's nurture them so we can all revel in a bright future."