A new campaign has been launched by a village businesswoman with theme “S.O.S – Save Our Shops!”
It’s the idea of Ruddington Travel’s Sarah Eborall and her father Chris, who runs an independent music shop in Scarborough. This follows another tough Christmas for traders – when we saw yet more people choosing to buy goods and services over the internet instead of on the High Street.
It takes the form of a series of six specially designed posters ranging from ‘”www? Why why wait?” to “When you buy from the net – not always a safe bet!” There are also “Save Our Shops” badges which can be worn by shopkeepers and shop assistants.
Their campaign has already received the backing of ‘Queen of Retail’ Mary Portas after Chris contacted her about it. In the letter he wrote: “The economy, the internet, high rents, high business rates and the reluctance for towns to allow easy access to the motorist are all factors we are sure are killing the High Street. Hence our action.”
Sarah has also written to the Prime Minister but is yet to receive a reply! Meantime she is offering the posters and badges FREE to other Ruddington retailers who wish to display or wear them in their own shops. If you’d like one please pop into Ruddington Travel on Church Street.
(by Graham Wright)