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Greeting Card Association expresses concern on new evidence Royal Mail prioritising parcel deliveries over letters.

6 Mar 2024

The Greeting Card Association has reacted to a BBC Panorama programme lifting the lid on Royal Mail management prioritising parcel delivery over letters, which it says are in contradiction of... Read more…

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The British Book Awards has announced its shortlist for Independent Bookshop of the Year. 
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Local Bike Shop Day 2024 confirmed for Saturday May 4th.

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New research reveals the best cities in the UK for independent retailers.

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Research by global fintech company SumUp has revealed the best cities in the UK for independent businesses.
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Rising costs continue to impact hair and beauty sector

21 Feb 2024

The latest quarterly State of the Industry survey from the National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) shows that the recovery of the sector was slow and steady through 2023 and into January... Read more…

UK votes for its favourite pun-based shop name

21 Feb 2024

The UK has voted for its favourite pun-based shop name, and 'Sew It Seams' - a clothing alteration store in Belfast - has been awarded the top spot. 
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Town centre shops praise council for initiatives

21 Feb 2024

Businesses in the Devon town of Ottery St Mary have praised their local council for initiatives designed to help support them and boost trade.
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Three UK indie coffee shops named among the most popular in the world.

19 Feb 2024

A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.
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Age-friendly businesses could revitalise Britain's high streets.

19 Feb 2024

Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 
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UK’s indie food retailers to be recognised in the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards 2024.

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Bakers, butchers, cheesemongers, delicatessens, fishmongers, greengrocers, village stores and small farm shops from around the UK have been shortlisted in the Farm Shop and Deli Retailer Awards 2024.

Farm shop deli awards 2024

The awards, run in partnership with The Grocer magazine, are designed to showcase smaller grocers and food shops facing the challenge from supermarkets. You can find out more about those shortlisted in this year’s awards by clicking here.

With an expert panel of judges, the awards recognise the highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement offered by our heroes of the high street.

The awards are highly respected in the industry for playing an important role in supporting, and celebrating, the UK’s independent, specialist retail market across several different categories.

The Farm Shop and Deli awards are being announced against a background of sharp prices in the cost of food and some other groceries in the UK. There have also been alarming rises in the cost of energy and road fuel which have impacted traders and producers.

Surveys have highlighted the important role of the industry to regional economies in particular.

During the pandemic, for instance, farm retailers saw an 89% rise in sales, according to a recent survey. Considering that there are an estimated 1,581 farm retailers across the country, the data demonstrates the pivotal role that farm shops play in the UK economy today. Collectively, farm shops were found to be generating more than £1.4 billion in sales, a testament to the passion and innovation of farm retailers.

Further research revealed that customers are increasingly seeking higher quality products and excellent customer service, and this is why they are attracted to local community farm shops.

Farm shops and delis offer a different experience to high street shopping through the quality of their produce and their standard of service – a difference that is increasingly appreciated by customers. Farm shop and deli owners were found to be more knowledgeable about products and the people making them.

Independent food shops are vital for giving small, specialist brands opportunities to be seen and understood while being able to provide expertise and hands-on advice to the consumer on products and how these can be used to create imaginative meals at home. The personal touch is another area where experts agree delis and artisan retailers excel.

The ‘human element’ is often the most important reason why shoppers choose delis and farm shops.

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