Vend and Bira name top UK indies in Remarkable Retailers list

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The Edit in Cheshire has be named as one of the UK’s most innovative independents in a new campaign headed by  Vend and the British Independent Retail Association (Bira).  

Remarkable Retailers highlights 14 of the country’s most outstanding indies and champions their innovative approach to retail.

Out of those businesses recognised, four are fashion retailers. These include Shoreditch sunglasses and apparel retailer Hot Futures, Brick Lane-based menswear business Number Six, Cheshire’s womenswear collective The Edit and Portobello Road menswear outlet Tonic.

Handpicked from over 1,000 independent retailers, Vend and Bira selected the winners for their stand-out approach to retail – whether that be a unique approach to the customer experience, their products or the way that they use technology.  

Higor Torchia, UK country manager at Vend, comments: “These Remarkable Retailers differentiate themselves by their unique products and customer experiences, but are united by their innovative use of retail technology to support their success.

“Each retailer’s use of cloud-based software allows them to manage inventory on-the-go, as well as run clever reporting analytics that gain insight on customer loyalty and what’s selling well. It means the retailers have more time to focus on creating winning formulas to ensure that local high streets can thrive.”

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of Bira, adds: “The UK’s high streets are a vital part of the local communities they service, and it’s independent retailers who ensure that they remain places full of personality. The 14 Remarkable Retailers we’ve selected in partnership with Vend innovate to stay ahead of economic and cultural trends, whether that’s in the customer experiences they offer, the goods they sell or the way they use technology. All of the retailers are inspiring examples to the wider sector and demonstrate the amazing things that small retail businesses are capable of.”