The high street has changed in recent years and I must say it is a very sad sight indeed. Bare units one after another which I never thought I would see. New start up businesses unwilling to take the risk with high rentals and business rates which could easily send them into bankruptcy.
I always had an ambition to own a business and for me it was a gift shop. I chose to create a website and use shopify as a platform. We thought about a unique selling point and I came to the decision to support British designed and or manufactured goods.
When we looked for suppliers we discovered a plethora of British designers and companies we could utilise large and small. Artisans in large numbers who were only too willing to support our business and be a part of our business ethos.
You support the local economy . You support the high street. Usually the owner of the business is expert in what they sell . Passion and love have been invested in their business. The service can be more personable and better than the larger retailer. ( love our Uk shops March 2019 )
For us as a company it is fantastic to find support and advice from local retailers. To tap into the experience of people who have owned their business and want to help the newcomers in the market.
We are always looking at new ways of improving and expanding our business. Ecommerce retail is not easy .
It is not easy to be discovered on line. Lots of work goes on in the background. It isn’t just a case of buying and sticking your products on line. It is so much more than that.
We felt this was a good opportunity to offer the consumer a value for money service . It offers a variety of great products designed by British companies big and small with an element of surprise. So far we have received great feedback and maintained existing customers each month. This indicates to us we are doing something tight.
I get great personal satisfaction in every package I create.
We were very pleased to receive 10/10 from a review on all subscription boxes. Our sevice us forever evolving and we are looking at providing a unique complete gifting service.
We aim to take the stress and time out of gift buying. Our boxes contain items which are wrapped in tissue and ribbon , complete with a greetings card. How easy is that?
I do agree that the independent Retailer does put so much more into their business and so much depends on it being successful. If you wish to maintain the look of your highstreet it is so important to buy local. I live in a semi rural town and I dont want to see empty retail space. I want a happy, thriving community.