Hambleton retailers helped to give their shops the “wow” factor

Retailers are being urged to give their shop windows the “wow” factor this Christmas – in a bid to boost sales across Hambleton.

And to give them a helping hand to create the best showcases for their products, a series of workshops are taking place in the run up to the festive season.

Hambleton District Council is working with the Federation of Small Businesses –and its Keep Trade Local campaign – on the two workshops.

Peter Wilkinson, deputy leader of the council, said:

“We want our high streets to be attractive vibrant places for people to visit and shop.

“Our market towns give a great local shopping experience and we know how important this is in the run up to Christmas.

” These workshops will show retailers how to achieve the ‘WOW’ factor with their window and interior displays.

“We want local people and visitors to choose our high streets for shopping – and hope the people of Hambleton will be the first to support our local businesses to keep the high streets vibrant.”

Emma Smailes, development manager Federation of Small Businesses, said:

Small businesses are the heart of the community and nowhere is this truer than on the local high street.

“High streets create wealth, employment and opportunity.  We hope with these practical courses to be able to help retailers maximise their potential, celebrate their uniqueness and together keep our high streets thriving.”

The workshops will be delivered by Helen Goodwin of Made You Look! – who has worked with both small independent retailers as well as large national chains  and garden centres.

Her workshops normally cost £175 but Hambleton District Council – under its business friendly agenda and the Federation of Small Businesses – are charging a one off payment of just £30.

This covers both workshops, includes a buffet supper at the first workshop and tea / coffee and cakes at the second workshop.

The workshops are open to all Hambleton retail businesses and other businesses which have displays they want to improve.

The workshops take place at the Evolution Business Centre In Northallerton on October 22 (from 3:45pm- 8pm) and 15 November (from 9am—12:30pm or 2pm—5:30pm)

Places are limited – booking is essential on 01904 629777 or www.fsb.org.uk/north-yorkshire

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