Free training for Mid Sussex retailers to ‘compete more effectively with online chains’

Mid Sussex District Council is inviting independent retailers to take advantage of free training to help fight back against online retailers and to keep our high streets vibrant and alive.

Martec International will deliver a series of six free training sessions from Monday.

The Orchard shopping centre in Haywards Heath. Picture: Steve Robards

The Orchard shopping centre in Haywards Heath. Picture: Steve Robards

The workshops will cover topics such as honing a retail strategy, marketing, range planning, presentation, sales and customer service and inventory management.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, deputy council leader and cabinet nember for economic development, said: “Independent retailers provide a unique shopping experience to our local towns and villages.

“We believe this free training will provide practical, down to earth training that will enable local retailers to increase profits and compete more effectively with the chains.

“We expect demand for places to be high and urge owners of independent shops to sign up now.”

Attendance at one of the events will make independent retailers eligible for a free coaching and mentoring session with a Martec consultant in their own store, a spokesman said.

The one-to-one sessions will also enable the consultants to tailor advice to the specific needs of each business.

Brian Hume, managing director for Martec International, said: “We look forward to helping independent retailers fight back and find out new ways to boost sales and increase profitability.

“Mid Sussex District Council is a very forward looking local authority and by offering this free training to independent retailers it will help shopkeepers make the most of Christmas trading and ensure New Year profitability.”

Retailers can register and learn more about the training at

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