Sunday, 29 May 2011

What Mary Portas said at the Pro Retail Show:

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Folks want
1) Ethical & local produce, where possible
2) Good value (because of the recession)
3) A wide choice and clean shops (legacy of the big supermarkets).
4) Digital access (email, Twitter etc.) - but people still miss human contact.

She says "become experts about the origin & use of the products you sell, and smile a lot." She feels BOGOF is becoming a turn-off, as customers think it leads to over consumption and waste. Small shops should emphasise their individuality, keep up with trends - and have good hygiene.

We'll try our best!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Strawberries and Asparagus!

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very sunny and warm for the time of the year, and as a result seasonal crops are very early. We have had some wonderful English asparagus in the shops for the past fortnight, and last Friday we got the first of our local strawberries.

You can't beat local, farm-fresh strawberries. Their smell is sumptuous, and they taste divine. Do come and get some while they're here!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Lincolnshire Open Churches

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On 14th and 15th May all the churches in our part of Lincolnshire had an open day, when people were encouraged to visit them and soak up the history. Jayne and her team of bakers supplied slices of home-made cake to have with tea and coffee at the Limber Church. Many thanks to everyone!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Mary Portas presentation

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We are just back from the Pro-Retail 2011 trade show in Telford. It was a massive event, over two days, attended by over 6,000 visitors. On Tuesday night we were guests at a VIP cocktail reception, then attended a gala dinner. Next day we hit the trade stands, and were lucky enough to attend a presentation by Mary Portas, famous for her Queen of Shops TV programmes.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

First ever Tuesday Euro millions draw!

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Tuesday 10th May sees the first ever Tuesday Euro millions draw - to launch it, there is an £85million jackpot. Good luck, everyone!