I’m a small independent retailer myself, and I know how vital this time of the year is for small businesses, many of them struggling against the huge chain stores and out of town developments. Most small retailers need to make 40% or more of their annual turnover in the run up to Christmas or they may not be here next time. Please think about that when you’re doing your Christmas shop. If you want vibrant, original, independents you have to show them some love and splash a bit of cash.
As a campaigner and writer on all things retail, I’ll be supporting my local indie high street this weekend. I hope you will too!