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Is the High Street making a comeback?

29 Apr

I was walking through my home town of Teignmouth the other day and was struck by how many new shops and cafés seem to be popping up.  Not so long ago, every time I went into town it seemed like another business had closed down.  At one point, I think there were more empty shops on our main street than there were open!  It’s really good to see the town coming back to life, a new Morrison’s recently opened, and I think a lot of people were worried that it would be the end of the town centre, but thankfully it seems to have had the opposite effect.

Similarly, in local Exeter, when Princesshay opened, a lot of the High Street shops started closing down.  But now, most of the shops on the High Street are open, and there are lots of new shops in the area.  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, and we will start to see less empty shops on our High Streets.

With the growth of Internet shopping, there is less of a need to go into town centres to get what we need.  Shopping from home can be quicker, you don’t need to worry about parking or getting your items home, and you can shop around before making a decision.  But you lose the experience of shopping (which, if you ask me, is an experience that should be maximised and enjoyed as much as possible!), you can’t try clothes on, you won’t pick up things that you wouldn’t normally, you can’t choose your own fruit and veg, and you can’t chat with the shopkeepers.

As a business it makes sense to have an online presence as well as a shop.  You can use this to stay in touch with customers, let them know about special offers or new products/services, and just generally remind them that you’re there!  Hopefully you will be able to offer some kind of shop, even if it just sells gift vouchers (for example if you have a café, or are a hairdresser) so that you can gain some additional sales.  The easiest way to get started online is through social media – simply setting up a facebook page or twitter feed.  Get in touch if you need any support getting started – call us on 0800 043 2440.

Merry Christmas!

24 Dec

Christmas has come round so quickly this year I can hardly believe it!  I always try to buy my Christmas shopping from small, local businesses as much as possible and since getting into social media this year my Facebook news feed is full of small businesses tempting me with their lovely goodies!  Christmas shopping this year has been a breeze!

So today I’m just going to share a few of my favourite pages with you – who knows, maybe they’ll have a January sale and you could pick  up a handmade bargain in the new year!

Jimmy James Designs make wonderful wooden hearts with maps printed on them, as well as their signature acrylic reindeer.

Baxter and Snow make lovely things out of recycled wine boxes – from home furnishings to bunk beds for cats, every item is unique and beautiful.

Hats N That crochet hats and other goodies.  They made an adorable mouse ears hat for my little boy.

Bright Button is a haberdashery selling all the bits and bobs you need to craft your own treasures!

Once Upon a Dream Designs make amazing comic book shoes, definitely one to check out!

Pip’s Garden sell beautiful bedding and children’s clothes, all personalised however you want them – gorgeous.

and not forgetting the lovely Rocket & Co. who were one of my very first blog posts.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas.

Chloe, and the whole Opportunity Plus South West team

xx

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