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Keeping Britain's Independent Retail Alive

17 Jul 2019

As indepedent businesses are increasingly affected by political factors and a lack of government support, the UK retail industry is becoming a crisis situation with hundreds of independent... Read more…

Search For Britain's Best Small Shop of 2019 Gets Underway

4 Jul 2019

The annual search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop, a competition managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), begins today with a focus on consumer engagement and how... Read more…

Rising costs halt plans for walking and cycling crossing

25 Jun 2019

The plans for a new Thames walking and cycling crossing from Canary Wharf to Rotherhithe in London have been halted due to the rising costs
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Get involved in Local Bike Shop Day

24 Jun 2019

Local Bike Shop Day celebrates independent bike shops all around the UK
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Huge increase in e-bike sales expected

12 Jun 2019

The e-bike market is forecasted to grow further across the UK competing with the car for short distances.
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How retailers are responding to online growth

12 Jun 2019

The growth of the online market space within retail is having a wider effect on the high street.
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Effective email marketing campaigns

12 Jun 2019

Newsletters are an incredibly popular means to engaging with consumers but on any given day our inboxes are flooded with a plethora of automated email newsletters, so how do you stand out?
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Report on violence in your store

12 Jun 2019

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Home Office have been campaigning to raise awareness of violence and abuse towards retailers to encourage action and change.
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Love to Ride & The ACT

5 Jun 2019

Getting more people on bikes and using their local bike shops is a shared goal of Love to Ride and the ACT so we are doing it together.
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A guide to building a landing page

30 May 2019

15 key things to check when building a landing page Read more…

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Bring your craft store to life

Posted on in Business News, Creative News

Ball of wool

Maximising a store's full potential isn't as daunting or expensive as some would think.

There are some easy ways to inject a bit of freshness and make the most of your space, inspiring customers through clever layouts and considered visual displays.

Here are five simple and effective ways to brighten up your store and get the creative juices flowing.

Window to the soul

Your first thing to consider should be your shop window.

The shop window display is the key and the most important part of visual merchandising, they provide the first opportunity to convince a brand-new customer to take a look inside.

A great way to catch someone's eye is to convey a story through a visually striking concept and well-thought out theme.

If you can execute these concepts effectively, with a hint of DIY, you can give customers some inspiration from the get-go and encourage footfall.

Branding, branding and more branding

Once you have pulled a customer through your doors, the next step is to convince them to stay.

Is your brand consistently represented throughout your store?

You want to make sure that your brand is visible all around the store. Incorporate the colour and its varying shades throughout the store to strengthen your brand identity.

Signing the way

Welcoming, dedicated areas with well-placed simple signs is crucial to helping customers find particular products.

Put your best on display

How can you conjure up some creativity in your product groupings? Highlight your best-sellers on an attractive display and place them next to complementing products.

The grouping of similar products can encourage impulse buying.

Visual displays can also be a useful tool to expose customers to other merchandise without being too overwhelming.

It's crucial to showcase your merchandise in different ways.

Use different shapes and sizes, add height and depth wherever possible. Using an attractive mix of baskets can also set you apart.

Give them a break

A shop should be more than just a box filled with colourful trinkets, you can introduce benches and chairs into the design of the shop for those partners of your customers who want to rest their legs while your customers spend more time shopping and taking in the creativeness that is your shop.

If you want to read more about bringing your craft store to life, click here.

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