Retail and Consumer

  • Pandemic proves independent Cheltenham shoe shop is among the most fleet of foot

    Pandemic proves independent Cheltenham shoe shop is among the most fleet of foot

    20-10-2020

    Lockdown introduced retailers to a white fear they will be glad to leave behind, but as the pandemic marches on one much-loved Cheltenham shoe shop has become more and more sure-footed.  E...

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  • Major Gloucestershire family business increases gross profits, staff numbers and remains 'confident'

    Major Gloucestershire family business increases gross profits, staff numbers and remains 'confident'

    15-10-2020

    “Very difficult trading conditions” have not stopped one of Gloucestershire’s best-known, respected and biggest family firms being able to deliver a little cheer with an increase...

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  • Stroud’s new food hall offer gets tastier and tastier

    Stroud’s new food hall offer gets tastier and tastier

    15-10-2020

    We thought we would do a quick round-up of the latest additions to the menu of artisan offersings at Stroud’s fast-filling food hall at Five Valleys shopping centre.  Dransfield, the...

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  • Stroud economy could receive £4.5 million boost this month

    Stroud economy could receive £4.5 million boost this month

    02-10-2020

    Now an annual event, there should be no underestimating the potential economic impact of a modest Stroud event on the town centre.  As the town’s chamber of tradeunveils its plans to...

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  • Material help for homeless charity after fabric firm gives away its takings

    Material help for homeless charity after fabric firm gives away its takings

    30-09-2020

    A family business has given away all of its taking from a two-day clearance sale to a Gloucestershire homeless charity.  Cheltenham-based business Just Fabrics raised £3,500 by offer...

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  • The woman behind Cheltenham's legendary Keith Scarrott Shoes takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Question challenge

    The woman behind Cheltenham's legendary Keith Scarrott Shoes takes on The Raikes Journal's 20 Question challenge

    19-09-2020

    It is unlikely indeed her fantasy dinner party would be anything but stylish, not least because it would include Grace Coddington, the former legendary creative director of American Vogue.  ...

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  • A book seller, a deal, and £237 million-plus

    A book seller, a deal, and £237 million-plus

    17-09-2020

    When you consider the humble beginnings of this business – two men working from an inauspicious Gloucester office – learning its turnover is now in excess of £237 million might wel...

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  • As trade picks up in Stroud it looks like an 'old-tech' delivery service will remain key link in chain to customers

    As trade picks up in Stroud it looks like an 'old-tech' delivery service will remain key link in chain to customers

    16-09-2020

    When Stroud Chamber of Trade included the Bike Drop cycle delivery service on in its Welcome Back Toolkit it was just one of a number of measures to support traders in the five valleys.  B...

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  • Who is the woman behind the fast-growing sports clothing brand?

    Who is the woman behind the fast-growing sports clothing brand?

    15-09-2020

    A Gloucestershire independent clothing brand aimed at the women’s fitness market is targeting growth of 300 per cent next year.  The business, which has been running for six years al...

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  • 400 per cent growth as staff-owned book business’s turnover heads past £30m

    400 per cent growth as staff-owned book business’s turnover heads past £30m

    09-09-2020

    If ever a book is written telling the story of this Gloucestershire business the chapter on its journey through lockdown will be a page-turner – as the reader tries to find out how it has achi...

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  • Poker with the pandemic: Stroud continues to play its cards cleverly as it emerges from lockdown

    Poker with the pandemic: Stroud continues to play its cards cleverly as it emerges from lockdown

    01-09-2020

    We’re well into the habit of wearing a face covering, managing queues and the challenges posed by enabling physical distancing within shops, hospitality, services and businesses in the distric...

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  • Tech firm’s new product signposts the way to more growth in 2020

    Tech firm’s new product signposts the way to more growth in 2020

    27-08-2020

    A technology firm hidden away in the Five Valleys in Gloucestershire has just launched a new product it predicts will see it achieve double digit growth through 2020.   With products desig...

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  • Fashion brand launches stylist statement supporting children’s charity

    Fashion brand launches stylist statement supporting children’s charity

    24-08-2020

    Cotswold retailer Sassy and Boo has partnered with Starlight Children’s Foundation, whichworks to support children and their families dealing with serious illness.  To celebrate the ...

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  • New shopping centre gets ultimate stamp of approval

    New shopping centre gets ultimate stamp of approval

    20-08-2020

    Let’s face it, unless you get the blessing of your community you have an almighty battle on your hands as a business – and in Stroud, those stripes are more than likely going to be green...

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  • Think Gloucestershire: The open secret that is Cheltenham’s thriving retail and food oasis

    Think Gloucestershire: The open secret that is Cheltenham’s thriving retail and food oasis

    18-08-2020

    If ever there was proof in the adage ‘together we are stronger’ then it can be said of a small patch of Cheltenham that even for a town built on retail reputation hasbecome a shopping ho...

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  • World’s smallest international trade deal saves Cotswold’s Italian food delicacy

    World’s smallest international trade deal saves Cotswold’s Italian food delicacy

    14-08-2020

    A peculiar – not to say the probably the world smallest trade deal – has saved a popular arancini snack from disappeared from Cirencester market.  To the uninitiated the food, ...

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  • Age-related campaign aims to help make high streets open for all

    Age-related campaign aims to help make high streets open for all

    10-08-2020

    As high streets feel their way back to life a charity working to champion the older generations has launched a campaign to help remove a little more of the anxiety around visiting our town centres.&...

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  • Independent and united: The businesses helping lead a market town’s economy out of lockdown

    Independent and united: The businesses helping lead a market town’s economy out of lockdown

    10-08-2020

    A lot has been said about businesses adapting through lockdown and strategies for whole towns to emerge and thrive, but one Gloucestershire market town seems to already have good momentum.  ...

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  • Welcome back: The lure of fashionable Montpellier draws back the customers

    Welcome back: The lure of fashionable Montpellier draws back the customers

    07-08-2020

    One of the most stylish and fashionable shopping quarters in Gloucestershire has been described as ‘thriving’ post-lockdown.   Traders are happy to admit that shopping habits h...

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  • Major fashion retailer confirmed as new name for Gloucester city centre superstore

    Major fashion retailer confirmed as new name for Gloucester city centre superstore

    27-07-2020

    If ever there were any doubt as to which business – if any – would ever move into the long-vacated former BHS store in Gloucester city centre the evidence is now as clear as a rather arg...

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  • Taste of Rome comes to Stroud’s new food market

    Taste of Rome comes to Stroud’s new food market

    23-07-2020

    Two more local food traders are on the menu at the new Borough Market-inspired indoor market at Five Valleys in Stroud.  Non Solo Pasta and Callaghin’s Kitchen are already open for b...

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  • Here is where you can find some of Gloucestershire’s superheroes - and a damn good cup of coffee

    Here is where you can find some of Gloucestershire’s superheroes - and a damn good cup of coffee

    21-07-2020

    Those dropping into a certain Gloucester café not a stone’s throw from a rather famous rugby ground will find the usual friendly welcome.  Its relaxed, family-friendly surroun...

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  • £6m allows firm to keep entire workforce – and expand

    £6m allows firm to keep entire workforce – and expand

    17-07-2020

    A £6 million finance facility from its bank has allowed a Gloucester family-owned business to retain all of its estimated 150 staff – and more.  Footwear distributor Gardiners ...

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  • This woman could hold the key to survival and even growth for your business

    This woman could hold the key to survival and even growth for your business

    16-07-2020

    As we made our way through the lockdown imposed to fight the pandemic one of the overriding fears gripping businesses has been ‘will my customers come back?’.  We are creatures...

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  • Social media campaign to support Five Valleys’ businesses

    Social media campaign to support Five Valleys’ businesses

    09-07-2020

    Stroud District Council is getting behind shops and businesses in every High Street in the district with its Shop Local campaign, as lockdown eases.  According to the local authority the c...

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  • Knocked back it may have been, but there’s no stopping the rise of The Forest Bakehouse

    Knocked back it may have been, but there’s no stopping the rise of The Forest Bakehouse

    06-07-2020

    Sometimes, however kneady you might think a business would be, it can continue to earn its crust and more – even through a pandemic.  Of course, with the arrival of lockdown a huge c...

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  • Jobs saved as family firm and household name sold after 100 years

    Jobs saved as family firm and household name sold after 100 years

    30-06-2020

    The 'majority of jobs' at Norville Opticians, the retail division of The Norville Group, have been safeguarded after the group of practices was saved from administration.  Norville Opticia...

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  • Gloucestershire rings in the changes as shopping fever breaks out

    Gloucestershire rings in the changes as shopping fever breaks out

    16-06-2020

    If there were any fears shoppers would hold off a return to their favourite stores the first day of retail re-opening post lockdown went a long way towards wiping that away.  Whether it was th...

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  • Retail is now entering a new frontier, says boss of Cheltenham's Regent Arcade

    Retail is now entering a new frontier, says boss of Cheltenham's Regent Arcade

    15-06-2020

    'Exciting', is how the centre manager of Regent Arcade summed up today's re-opening of retail, but added traders were now entering a new arena.  Many businesses, said Scott Lahive, would b...

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  • Crumbs! Docks cafe On Toast is back - and getting a surprisingly large slice of the action

    Crumbs! Docks cafe On Toast is back - and getting a surprisingly large slice of the action

    11-06-2020

    When your business relies on customers coming through your door, suppliers delivering on time, and passing trade being able to pop in the pandemic came in like a sledgehammer blow.  David ...

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  • Cheltenham businesses lobby Government to save UK high streets

    Cheltenham businesses lobby Government to save UK high streets

    05-05-2020

    Pressure is mounting on the Government to help the UK high streets with campaigners declaring they are just eight weeks from collapse.  Cheltenham BID, which represents businesses in the c...

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  • Website reveals Gloucester businesses adapting - and open

    Website reveals Gloucester businesses adapting - and open

    30-04-2020

    Pandemic-hit businesses in the centre of Gloucester have launched a new initiative to help ensure the shopping experience we know and love is there for everyone post-pandemic.  With the ci...

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  • Superdry donates 100,000s pieces of PPE to county care workers

    Superdry donates 100,000s pieces of PPE to county care workers

    24-04-2020

    Some 300,000 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) are to be distributed to staff working in Gloucestershire care homes, as well as in people’s homes, thanks to a fashion brand Superdry...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 13. Richard Bonner. Crunch week for UK business

    Trading Through Coronavirus 13. Richard Bonner. Crunch week for UK business

    22-04-2020

    In this episode (April 20, 2020), Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Richard Bonner, director of Arcadis and president of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, about it being crunch week fo...

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