Dates announced for independent retailer training

PR2198/KC/MF - 10/12/2018

Mid Sussex District Council is encouraging local independent retailers to sign up now for free training that will help them fight back against online retailers and keep Mid Sussex high streets vibrant and alive.

Retail experts Martec International will be running the sessions and following a very successful launch session last month they have just announced the dates for the rest of the free workshops in 2019.

The next session is on Tuesday 8 January in East Grinstead and will focus on product range and product management. Further workshops are being held throughout Mid Sussex on the following dates:

Tuesday 22 January – Hurstpierpoint – Visual Merchandising and Better Presentation
Tuesday 5 February – Burgess Hill – Marketing, Price, Promotions and Advertising
Tuesday 26 February – Cuckfield – Sales and Customer Service
Monday 11 March – East Grinstead – Inventory and Stock Management

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

Mike Lorusso, Owner of Fun Pots, Haywards Heath attended the first workshop and said:

“It met my objectives very well. I thought it was a very worthwhile session. The customer analysis, in particular, was excellent at providing ideas to put theory into practice.”

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council and Cabinet Member 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.”

Brian Hume, Managing Director, Martec International said:

“We were delighted at the attendance and enthusiasm for the first session on honing your retail strategy. We have planned a fantastic series of workshops to help 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 is helping shopkeepers ensure New Year profitability.”

Local retailers can register for the 2019 workshops and learn more about the training at