Whilst our friends across the pond are letting off their fireworks and waving their stars and stripes on Thursday this week, we in the UK will be marking our tenth annual Independents Day.

Yes, July 4th was earmarked in 2010 as the day to celebrate and support independent traders, retailers and other businesses and has grown in prominence ever since.

This year, as (largely) Knowle residents we have a growing concern about the future strength of our High Street in the wake of more closures and are recognising the importance of our independent shops and restaurants etc in keeping the economic centre of our village as a thriving place with a distinct character.

So, why not make a special point of supporting Knowle’s independent businesses on Thursday. Whether to get a couple of steaks,  meet your DIY requirements, buy a gift and a card, treat your pet or relax over a coffee and/or something to eat.  Our independent outlets have it all.

And then, think for the future, what opportunities are there for you to give more regular support to the businesses we want to continue succeeding at the heart of our village for years to come.

Meanwhile, social media buffs can follow the Independents Day action using the local, Solihull, and national hashtags – #ShopLocalSolihull and #ukindieday.