SHOPPERS can now show their support for Andover’s high street by toting a canvas bag.

Andover’s Business Improvement District has launched a reusable bag which has ‘Andover Indies’ proudly printed on its side and a list of independent stores on the other.

Steve Godwin, BID Manager said, “We have recognised the strength of the many independent businesses in the town and have done something to promote them which they can be proud of.

“Independent businesses are passionate about their own business and the town that they are trading in. Andover BID has been delighted at the interest from businesses wanting to move into the town. We understand the changing face of the High Street and that national chains are struggling with the competition that out of town and internet trading is posing them.

He added: “Local independents often offer something different, good customer service at a fair price.”