Posts Tagged ‘London’

Small Business Saturday

Friday, December 5th, 2014

You may have heard that tomorrow is the second annual Small Business Saturday. “And what may that be, exactly?” I hear you ask. Well, taken from the website www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com :-

“Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses.”

Baby Feed Wheels

The ‘non political’ aspect hasn’t prevented the politicians getting involved, as indeed they should for a campaign of this sort that will hopefully be beneficial to local economies. There is even a Christmas Market with little wooden huts and stalls manned by small businesses outside Downing Street in London!

In a statement, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “Last year, Small Business Saturday generated around £468 million. Together, we can top that. There are special events taking place all over the country – backed by cross party support and organisations like the Federation of Small Businesses, Young Enterprise, The Prince’s Trust and others.

So, good luck to all of the UK businesses throwing open their doors on Small Business Saturday and every success for the future.

On Saturday 6 December when you are shopping for Christmas or something you need – choose small, choose local.”

Baby Medicine Wheel

As I have mentioned before, here at Chiggs we are passionate about supporting small businesses,  (well, we are a small business!) and shopping local. So, we urge you this Saturday to buy a Baby Feed Wheel, a Baby Medicine Wheel or a Get Well Wheel: if not directly from Chiggs, then from one of our wonderful, supportive stockists– we have small businesses all over the UK and online who sell Chiggs Wheels!

Small Business Saturday-Get Well Soon cards made in the UK

A Royal thank you.

Friday, August 30th, 2013

It seemed like the whole world was watching London last month awaiting the birth of the Royal baby. Here at Chiggs HQ I was glued to the news, (and shhh- don’t tell anyone but I’ve kept all the Royal baby supplements from the newspaper, too). So when the birth of Prince George was announced on the 22nd of July we popped a blue Baby Feed Wheel in the post to Clarence House as a ‘congratulations’ and ‘well done’  to Catherine and William, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Last Week we were incredibly excited when the postman delivered a letter with a Buckingham Palace postmark, and inside was a postcard with a gorgeous picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, introducing their new baby boy to the world!

On the back of the card is a printed thank you message:-

” The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were most touched that you took the trouble to write as you did on the occasion of the birth of their son, Prince George.

Their Royal Highnesses have been overwhelmed by all the wonderful messages they have received and send you their warmest thanks and best wishes”

How lovely! I love to think that Kate may even be using her Baby Feed Wheel to keep track of baby George’s feed times 🙂

From empty slots to pop-up shops

Friday, June 28th, 2013

No-one can miss the increasing number of empty, shuttered-up shops on our High Streets. Even here in Harrogate- a town previously renowned as being ‘recession proof’ we have the largest number of empty shops around town that I have seen since moving here 12 years ago, with both Independent and household name businesses closing.

Are people spending less on the High Street and more online?

Are business rents and rates too high for the smaller independent shops to afford?

Are parking costs putting people off, driving people to drive to out-of-town shopping malls where parking is free?

Here at Chiggs we practice what we preach, and really try to shop at our local independent retailers- buying meat from the butcher; fruit and veg from an excellent, knowledgeable greengrocers right in the centre of Harrogate; cards and presents from the gorgeous Magpie Greetings  (where Baby Feed Wheels and Get Well Wheels are also available!); and last December we held Holly’s birthday party at Pots 2 Go ceramic cafe in town (also a Chiggs stockist!)

Various initiatives have been started to try to help independent businesses. Mary Portas was appointed by the Government to lead a review into the future of Britain’s high streets (as mentioned previously on the Chiggs blog )- her recommendations generated many column inches in the newspapers- and the annual Independent Retailer Month will again be running throughout the month of July.

Pop-up shops have also started, well, popping up- taking over empty retail units on short term leases. While providing some rent for the landlord and filling an empty shop, albeit temporarily, pop up shops also give entrepreneurs an opportunity to try out their business model without  a huge outlay and tying themselves into the financial commitment of a long lease agreement.

Pop Up Britain (part of Start Up Britain) has recently opened a flagship pop-up shop on London’s famous King’s Road.  The outlet will offer short-term opportunities to start-ups and micro businesses from all over the country over a 12 month period. The fabulous news is that Chiggs stockist Hello Baby Gifts has been selected from over 800 applicants to have a shop, and will be taking their gorgeous baby gifts, hampers and nappy cakes (and of course Baby Feed Wheels!) to Kings’ Road in the first 2 weeks of August.