SHOPPERS are being encouraged to show their support for indie business in north Hampshire this month.

The Independent Business Month scheme is about embracing independently-owned shops and businesses in Basingstoke.

Shoppers also have the chance to take advantage of a range of special promotions running in shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries throughout Basingstoke in July, which will be published on social media.

Independent Business Month is run by Basingstoke Together, the face of the Basingstoke Business Improvement District (BID).

Lucy Boazman, chief executive of Basingstoke Together, said: “Independent Business Month provides a fantastic opportunity to explore what independent traders in Basingstoke can offer the local community. Basingstoke is buzzing with independents and we encourage people in Basingstoke to make the most of that this month to branch out from their usual shopping and dining habits to experience the hidden gems of the town for themselves.”

To mark the month, a digital campaign has been produced to give Basingstoke business owners the opportunity to showcase their contributions to the economy.

It will include a series of videos, photography and a podcast for Basingstoke business owners to get the chance to tell their story to residents and shoppers about why they have chosen to give their business a home in Basingstoke

Gagan Joshi, owner of Spicy Tadka, said: “As an independent and authentic Indian restaurant in Basingstoke, we believe it’s important for us to take advantage of great opportunities, such as Independent Business Month, to demonstrate who we are and what we do.

"It also helps us to connect with people in Basingstoke to show them what we have to offer but also to get feedback on what they want and expect from us and our service.”

Learn more about what local indies have to say by going to or searching #IndependentBasingstoke on social media.