The last few years have seen an explosion of smaller retailers opening up across the UK.
In 2014, the National Retail Federation (NRF) launched the Small Shop Initiative, which aims to bring small businesses in the UK together to share ideas, tools and expertise.
The NRF’s Small Shop initiative aims to help people buy local and locally produced products.
It has seen small and independent businesses expand into the market, with many now competing with established chains and retailers in the space.
The UK is now home to more than one million small retailers, with the NRF estimating that over 200,000 of them will open shop by 2020.
In recent years, it has been suggested that the UK’s retail industry has suffered from the decline of the ‘big three’ retailers.
But what if you were to take a look at some of the best places in the country to shop for things that you don’t need?
Here are some of our favourite places to shop in the capital.
Read more The Fifty Foot Store, Oxfordshire In Oxfordshire, The Fifty Foot Store is the largest independent clothing store in the county, boasting over 50,000 square metres of floor space and an extensive selection of casual and bespoke clothing.
It’s a fitting title for the store’s ‘Big Three’ logo, which stands for ‘British Small’ and ‘Independent’.
Located in Oxfordshire’s Oxford Road area, the store offers everything from casual clothing to sportswear and shoes, and also offers a large range of seasonal and specialty items.
Its selection of clothing is constantly changing, with a large selection of footwear available.
The Small Shop at the Small Yard, Leicester While the city’s smaller shops and boutiques are usually open until 3am, The Small Yard is open from 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday.
It offers a huge range of items from local art, crafts and food to clothing and jewellery, with more than 20 different shops selling their wares in the store.
There’s even a large children’s playground here, where children can enjoy a playtime while they browse through their waifus.
The store’s founder, Michael Burt, says: ‘We have been a small shop since 1993 and we have built a big brand around our work.
This is the most exciting time in our shop’s history.’
The Vintage Mart, Glasgow The Vintage is a small, family-owned store with over 150 items on its shelves, including a variety of vintage and novelty items, books and magazines, and jewellers’ supplies.
The vintage shop is also a place where you can buy items such as clothing, accessories, jewellery and household goods.
It also has a large number of ‘penny shop’ and gift shop sections, where you’ll find books, DVDs, CDs and books for children.
Penny Store, Glasgow The Penny Store is a tiny, family run business which opened in Glasgow’s CBD in 2013.
The shop has a range of merchandise including a range from home and garden accessories to jewellery for women and children.
The owners, Michelle and James, say that the small store aims to offer a small space that offers a ‘shop for the whole family’.
They also say that their shop offers a great opportunity to get to know your local community.
Sophie’s, Edinburgh Sisters Jane and Amy and their daughter Sophie are the owners of Sophie’s, an independent clothing shop located in Edinburgh’s Central Business District.
Sophie’s has been in the business since 2010 and has been able to offer her local community a range ‘of different items to enjoy’ for decades.
The small shop’s founder says that the business ‘lives on the local fabric, and offers a unique selection of goods for everyone.’
Polly’s, Bristol Plymouth’s Penny Shop is an independently owned clothing store located in Bristol’s Central Station.
‘It’s a small business and we feel the need to do something for the community, whether it’s providing quality clothes or offering discounts,’ explains owner Polly.
‘We also want to support local charities that are in need, such as St George’s Hospice, and provide the opportunity for people to get involved in helping the community.’
Ladies, Bristol Ladies in Bristol is a women-owned, family owned and run shop, located in the heart of the city.
‘It’s our goal to be as accessible as possible to everyone, and we hope that we can do that by creating an atmosphere where people feel comfortable and comfortable with what they’re buying,’ says shop manager Joanne Wilson.
‘Our customers come from all walks of life, so we’ve got a range to suit everyone.’
Plyters’ shop has been open since 1997 and has become one of Bristol’s favourite places for shopping.
Tara’s, London TARA’s is a boutique