Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Framlingham: Business Association to consider scheme like My Southwold to support independent retailers

09:09 31 July 2014

Sallie Smith (left) and Morgan Richards promote the launch of

Sallie Smith (left) and Morgan Richards promote the launch of 'My Southwold' vouchers to encourage shoppers to use independent traders in the town. A similar scheme could be coming to Framlingham

A scheme helping independent businesses work together for a more vibrant high street is looking to expand from the Suffolk town where it built its reputation into new communities across the county.

Savagewood, the company that helped launch My Southwold in 2012 as a means of “galvanising” the town’s business community, has announced plans for a similar scheme in Framlingham.

Company director Richard Woodhall said the initiative was about making the high street a “more appealing place to visit and shop”.

Businesses entering the initiative display branded signs in their shopwindow advertising special offers, which are publicised through social media campaigns for customers with membership cards to claim.

In Southwold, he said the move came as a reaction to the influx of multinationals in the town and had grown to create a “huge social media presence” involving 90% of the local business community.

“There’s feeling it has galvanised Southwold’s independent retailers to be a much stronger group of businesses who now represent a much more vibrant high street,” he said.

After some initial fine-tuning, Mr Woodhall said he now felt confident it could be rolled out to other towns.

Presenting the scheme to Framlingham Business Association (FBA) at its Summer Social event, he said the scheme could offer traders the same co-operative feel as enjoyed during the town’s annual Sausagefest event – but all the year round.

Jenny Stockman, the FBA chairman, said she was “very open-minded to the scheme” though she was conscious that a number of businesses in the town already offered similar initiatives with which she did not want to conflict.

“We are at the stage of exploring and investigating the scheme and if Framlingham can reap the benefits then that is great but we’ve got to follow due diligence and get the businesses on board first,” she said.

If accepted, Savageweood would deliver the scheme in Framlingham for no charge.

Mr Woodhall said he would then offer to carry out further paid work with members using his “huge retail experience” to help grow their businesses.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Former Seven Resourcing apprentices with Ben Gummer MP, from left, Elliot Frost, Mike Wright, Jade Nunn, Jesse Miller, Ben Gummer and George Owen.

Ipswich-based specialist recruitment agency Seven Resourcing has hosted a visit from the town’s MP, Ben Gummer, to showcase the success of its apprenticeship scheme.

Spending on Eating Out remained robust during April, according to a survey carried out for Greene King.

Britons continued to enjoy eating out during April, according to a new survey, despite reports of growing concern over the strength of the UK economy and the potential impact of a vote to leave the EU in next month’s referendum.

Meeting organised by the Institute of Directors about Suffolks burgeoning film industry. Julien Mery, co-founder of Livid Films and director of Film Suffolk, discussed how the creative community in Suffolk is putting the county on the UK and worlds creative industry map. L-R Sarah Brown, Graham Kill, Julien Mery and Old Jet's Jesse Quin.

A group of executives got to see the creative side of Suffolk’s economy at one of the county’s most popular filmmaking locations.

Oliver Paul, owner of the Suffolk Food Hall, DEFRA Secretary Liz Truss, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge and Babergh District Councillor Jennie Jenkins meet for an informal meeting on the outcome of the RDPE funding provided for the commercial artisan kitchens in the Cookhouse at the Suffolk Food Hall.

Apprenticeship Levy funding from major supermarket chains and food manufacturers could deliver a boost to skills training for smaller food businesses and farming, a senior Government minister has said during a visit to Suffolk.

The Inspirations shop in Wickham Market,owned by shareholders in the community, is now officially open. Nick Denny from the Co-op cut the ribbon.

The much anticipated transformation of a Suffolk village’s former supermarket into a new community retail venture was celebrated this week - four years after the site was last in use.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24