INDEPENDENT businesses are trying to get customers to spend a fiver in their stores as part of a campaign to get people to shop locally.

Durham City is hosting a Totally Locally Fiver Fest from Friday, June 30 to Monday, July 3 with independent shop owners offering a range of offers and discounts.

Colin Wilkes, managing director of Durham Markets Company, said: “Independent businesses are vital to our city. They make our retail district different from every other high street.

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“Did you know that if every household within the DH1 postcode were to spend just £5 each with local independent businesses, it would put a staggering £4.6 million into the local economy?”

  • Durham Business Improvement District (Bid) is also having a week of offers to celebrate of independent businesses, which runs until Friday, July 7.