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Santa 2020 – Is running a festive

3 September 2020

The temperature has dropped and we’re just a matter of weeks away from one of the biggest sales and marketing opportunities of the year, but how do you approach Christmas in a Covid-safe way? Our resident ‘Man in Red’ Andrew Burton advises. According to recent trends analysis, interest in running Santa’s Grottos has reduced significantly […]

PLANNING: CHANGE TO USE CLASSES IN

27 July 2020

Changes to Town planning in England have been approved by parliament and as of September 1st 2020 there will be no more Use Class A1; into which fell garden centres, farm shops and most other retail outlets. We now have an all-embracing Class E, which includes retail shops, coffee shops, restaurants, offices, indoor sport/fitness/recreational facilities, […]

Is the design of your shop layout

21 July 2020

Andrew Burton on making the most of a store’s available space to maximise potential. Planning the layout of your garden centre or farm shop is both an art and a science; requiring creativity, psychological insight and testing. I was keen to explore common retail tactics that can be used when planning and implementing the arrangement […]