City proves it has a taste for independents
SPARKHILL is the most independent shopping area in the whole country.
Nearly all (95 per cent) of the shops are independently run in the Birmingham suburb, according to data released by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers.
However, Perry Barr is one of the least independent areas in Britain, with just 27 per cent of shops independently run.
Independents account for 65 per cent of all retail and leisure units in Great Britain, unchanged since the first half of 2016.
But the West Midlands saw one of the biggest increases in independent shops, figures reveal. Numbers of independents were up by 194, a 0.9 per cent increase, in the first half of 2017.
Traditional independent shops opened significantly more shops than in the same period last year, while the national chains (with more than five stores nationally) continued to see a fall.