Category Archives: Small Shops

How to Save Our Town Centres

Early on in 2013 Julian Dobson (director of Urban Pollinators Ltd) visited Stirling and we had an interesting discussion about the state of British retailing, high streets and town centres. He had asked to come up and chat as part … Continue reading

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Convenience and Community

In the disaster zone that was the Tesco half year results finally released the other week, there were two figures that confirmed again the changing structure of British grocery retailing. And for a change neither of them were really to … Continue reading

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Scottish Grocers’ Federation Retail Excellence Awards 2014: Store of the Year

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be at the Scottish Grocers Federation Annual Conference to hear a range of excellent speakers, take part in a debate on the Future of Retailing, present an award for Store of the Year and … Continue reading

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The Price of Progress?

I have sometimes wondered about the castaways on the BBC’s Desert Islands – are their food needs met by a traditional high street, a hypermarket or even Tesco.com? Or do they have to forage for whatever they can find? If … Continue reading

Posted in Availability, Consumer Change, Diet and Health, Food Retailing, Independents, Small Shops, Supply Chains, Town Centres, Vacancies | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Last Shop Standing

I well remember the first record that I bought on my own (and no it was not that embarrassing). I also well remember the record shop that I bought it in – a small store in an arcade in Bridgend, … Continue reading

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National Independents Day

So how was it for you? Did you notice? Did you boycott the corporates and the co-operatives? Shop only in your local independent store(s) – if you have any? And now it is over? Back to the old routine, I … Continue reading

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