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Independent's day for Kendal retailers

Retailers in Kendal are taking part in a national campaign to encourage consumers to shop locally.

"Independent's Day" is aimed at celebrating independent retailers and recognising their role in local communities.

Traders in Kendal are displaying their finest products, services and goods in a bid to increase footfall in the town.

"This is a great opportunity to celebrate our independent traders and show our appreciation for all their hard work throughout the year.

"They help form the unique character of our towns and are fundamental in making South Lakeland such a special place.

"Kendal is a leading market town and this is our chance to show the value of our family run businesses and celebrate diversity on the high-street."

– Councillor Giles Archibald, South Lakeland District Council

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Concern as shoppers desert Scottish Borders

Business leaders in the Borders have held, what have been described as 'important talks' with the council after a survey showed shoppers are staying away from eight Borders towns.

There's been a 17% drop in the numbers over the last four years.

Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce says more can be done to boost local high streets.

James Aitken from SBCC told ITV Border:

'If you walk into any shop in the Borders it is an issue right across the board. That's why we are such supporters of the borders railway and broadband being improved. Business rates are a huge issue. We would ask the council to look at that again and see what help they can give. "

– James Aitken
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