Shop with the in­de­pen­dents not the in­ter­net

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOCUS -

CHAIN shops have helped to pull in peo­ple to a high street, ac­cord­ing to a com­mu­nity business leader.

The business co-or­di­na­tor for the Lit­tle Chal­font Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion thinks that Waitrose and Marks & Spencer in Amer­sham have helped to draw peo­ple into the town.

Peter Burgess said: “The su­per­mar­kets have been mag­nets for Amer­sham and the smaller shops have ben­e­fit­ted from that. I would say that the town is bet­ter off for hav­ing them.”

Mr Burgess thinks that the main dif­fer­ence in the high street in the last few years is the in­crease in cof­fee shops and the de­crease of other shops that have been re­placed by the in­ter­net.

He said: “I think it is the type of shops that have changed, if we go back eight years in Lit­tle Chal­font, we had two travel agents and now we just have one be­cause of the in­ter­net. We had a Block­buster, but no one rents videos th­ese days.

“The in­ter­net has changed the way we shop. We now have five cof­fee shops in the vil­lage.

“I think that some peo­ple do make sure that they try and support the in­de­pen­dent shops, but I think that ser­vice and price are the most im­por­tant fac­tors. In an in­de­pen­dent shop, the own­ers do have a vested in­ter­est and as a re­sult the ser­vice does tend to be bet­ter.”

Mr Burgess is or­gan­is­ing Small Business Satur­day in De­cem­ber in Lit­tle Chal­font, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to use the in­de­pen­dent shops on the run up to Christ­mas.

SUPPORT OUR SHOPS: Traders in Lit­tle Chal­font are pro­mot­ing Small Business Satur­day

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