Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Supporting Independent Retailers

I was interested to hear on the news today that Mary Portas has been appointed to lead a review into the future of the high street and to try to find ways to encourage small and independent retailers. 

Since starting my own small online business and now venturing into another one I understand only too well how hard it is to encourage buyers to shop with you if you are a small independent.  Even more so if you are an online store.   You may remember my comments on twitter last year when Miss Portas aired her tv programmes supporting Charity shops and failing retailers, I tweeted her requesting she might like to take a look at small independent online retailers (I didn't get an answer), so I will be following her progress with interest.

Not one for sitting back, I thought this would be an ideal time to start a campaign to support all those hard working small businesses, often run by mothers juggling many balls in an effort to contribute to the family income and take care of children at the same time.

So if you are an online store pop your link below and grab my button for your blog or shop page.  Lets make some noise on Twitter and Facebook and see if we can't encourage those shoppers to spend some of their hard earned cash with us.

Lets show people all the wonderful, imaginative, well made, stylish and individual products that are out there, if only people take the time to look.  Don't follow the crowd.



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  1. You are welcome and thank you for taking the time to comment too. Hope you get lots of visits to your site. We really have to all help each other as much as possible these days xx

  2. this is great! will add the button to our blog tonight, thank you :)

  3. Hi Jo, thank you for commenting and lets all help each other. xx

  4. ive put chic unique on as worn by emma isnt online yet! i whole heartedly support this campaign and i am doing an experiement on my blog to see if i can go a year without buying from the high street, and offering a swap service for anything.

  5. Hi chic-unique many thanks for the comment and that's a great idea. Maybe we could promote the shop idea here ? Email me at info@allabouttheboys.co.uk if you are interested. xx

  6. Great idea! And wonderful to have so many lovely new sites to look at!

  7. What a great idea. I want to use my blog to support and promote local businesses in Kent through reviews and posts. It is something that I really believe in as my fiance runs his own small business and I hope to too, one day x In the meantime I am off to explore this list and do some shopping! Thank you x

  8. I would like to thank you for adding my website to your links, http://www.gaynorjackson.co.uk/ i can see that i am getting traffic from your link already.

    Warmest regards




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