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Doing it by the book
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Doing it by the book

The quiet village of St Boswells in the Scottish Borders is an unlikely location for the country’s Best Small Shop. Rosamund and Bill de la Hey prove that with the right concept, an independent business can become a brand and a destination.

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At the heart of government
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At the heart of government

Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre believes the consistent work the association does in lobbying the lawmakers in Westminster on behalf of independent retailers is among the most valuable service it provides to its members. Here he provides an update to live issues.

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4 proven ways to drive foot traffic to your retail store
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4 proven ways to drive foot traffic to your retail store

We’ll explore the many ways to increase foot traffic in your retail business. Go through the tips and examples and see if you can apply them to your marketing efforts.

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Is now the best time to start a coffee shop?
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Is now the best time to start a coffee shop?

Is now the best time to start a coffee shop? The current growth in the UK coffee market suggests so. Here, Stewarts of Trent Bridge guides us through their journey so far.

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A recipe for success
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A recipe for success

Celebrating its 110th anniversary this summer, Potters of Hockley is a fine example of a long-established independent retailer that has reinvented and revived itself.

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Doing what comes naturally
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Doing what comes naturally

Twice named Scotland’s independent Health and Lifestyle Retailer of the Year, Dilip Kotecha of Quality Vitamins and Herbs in Glasgow believes in offering a huge selection of specialist products backed up with expert service.

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