Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 6°C

min temp: 1°C

Search

Aldeburgh: Traders step up the battle against national chains with ‘Independents Day’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 June 2012

Traders in Aldeburgh High Street are holding an 'Independents Day'

Traders in Aldeburgh High Street are holding an 'Independents Day'

Archant

ONE of Suffolk’s top resorts is stepping up its battle against the threat of national chain stores by celebrating its independent traders.

Earlier this week the EADT reported how shopkeepers in Aldeburgh had vowed to fight against becoming a “clone town”, with both Tesco and Boots looking to open up for business.

Traders have organised an “Independents Day” to encourage people to shop locally- promising discounts and offers for shoppers.

The event, which is set to take place on July 4, coincides with a national initiative and visitors and residents alike will be asked to buy at least one item from an independent retailer.

The day has been organised by Sue Fletcher, from ladies fashion boutique Caramel, and Claire Bruce-Clayton, of Lawson’s Delicatessen, with support from the Aldeburgh Business Association and the Heritage Coast Market Towns Initiative.

Ms Fletcher said: “Research suggests that a pound spent in a local business stays in the local economy for five more transactions, whereas a pound spent in a national business lasts just two.

“We want people to enjoy the charm and individuality of Aldeburgh. If the High Street was identical to elsewhere then people would stop coming.

“Hopefully by encouraging people to visit and support us it is a step towards safeguarding the future of the High Street.

“However it’s about more than just this one day. We are here 52 weeks a year. I would encourage everyone to come down and meet the business owners and see what we are all about.”

The event will be officially opened at 10am by Lady Caroline Cranbrook, who is a staunch supporter of independent stores.

Shoppers will also find mini master classes where they can learn skills ranging from styling an outfit for a special occasion or making a flower decoration, to how to joint a chicken and make pastry.

There promises to be a celebratory atmosphere, with music, balloons and competitions, including a prize for an overnight stay in a Best of Suffolk holiday cottage with a Lawson’s breakfast hamper.

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of discounts and special “Independents Day” menus in the restaurants.

Meanwhile, Ermintrude, a 1929 vintage bus supplied by Buckland Buses, will be running a shuttle between the residential areas of Aldeburgh and the High Street.

For more information about the event visit www.aldeburghsuffolk.com/index.php or http://suffolkcoastbusiness.co.uk.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

2 comments

  • I fully support TESCO in their application to open a TESCO Express at the proposed development at Aldeburgh, It is nearlu a mile from Aldeburgh High Street near the majority of of the inhabitants in Aldeburgh. It will help clear up what has been an eyesore for several years. Iy will make a a welcome change from all the clothes shops, art galleries et al in the High Street and it will give us freedom of choice to where we shop.

    Report this comment

    Charles Walker

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

  • In the case of Boots, it's adding insult to injury as this well-known brand hasn't been "British" since 2006, and is now owned by a venture capital outfit and an American Drug Store chain. I also hope that Aldeburgh doesn't become like Southwold, infested with chain clothing shops selling outrageously priced and unbecoming apparel.

    Report this comment

    T Doff

    Saturday, June 23, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

People living along a 183km stretch of Suffolk roads will witness the world’s greatest cyclists race past their doorsteps during Britain’s “premier” road event, which for the first time features a stage hosted entirely within the county.

Desktop services group IP Telecom (Holdings) has reported increased annual profits, despite a hit to revenues following the end of a major contract.

Do you fancy a brew? If so, Suffolk-based Adnams has just the answer after bringing together the best of two British staples – beer and tea.

Alan d Hairdressing Education is celebrating the success of its Ipswich team in reaching the L’Oréal Colour Trophy grand final in London in the Men’s category.

A sports equipment manufacturer has bought a firm which has made products used at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, formerly the Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and the Stade de France in Paris.

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24