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28 May 2021

Royal visit to indies a 'real boost' for the high street

Bira has hailed a Royal visit to independent retailers in Clapham, London, a 'real boost' for the sector.

Prince Charles and his wife Camila visited a variety of independent retailers in the London borough on Thursday (May 27).

The visit included stops at a Michelin-starred restaurant, a theatre, a florist, a barber’s, a pet shop, fire station - and, of course, The Prince of Wales pub - where Charles joked he should be entitled to a free pint.

Bira supported the visit by providing Clarence House with important facts and figures about the high street and its challenges in the pandemic.

A Clarence House spokesperson said: “The high street is the backbone of British life and, as we all begin to return safely to the things we enjoy, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were determined to show their support, particularly for Independent shops.

“They are passionate to encourage high quality British produce that can be bought from your local shops or served at your local pub.”

Andrew Goodacre, Bira CEO, added: "The Royal visit to independent retailers in Clapham was a real boost to the sector when it needs it most."

 Read the Daily Mail's coverage here

Indies in London were given a boost in April when they were visited by Small Business Minister Paul Scully, supported by Bira. More here

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