This is part 5 of a 5 part blog about the situation for independent businesses in Harrogate as we head into the summer of 2017. If you’d like to head back to the first post click here.
Indies in Harrogate Pt. 5: The Summary
That is almost certainly the longest piece of written work I have completed since leaving the Army and it’s taken a fair bit of time to get it together.
I have no doubt that some of what I have written will be wrong and hopefully someone will read this, let me know how and I can update the piece.
I don’t have all the answers, you may not think I have any of the answers. I have simply put forward my ideas. One of my main aims was to drive a conversation about the issue that goes beyond mindlessly blaming the council, chains, national economic conditions, other town centres, lack of conferences and the usual themes.
I believe that indies are greater than chains, but it’s not the ownership structure that makes me think that. I love the combination of the people, the history, the attention to detail, the commitment to quality and service. To me indies have real heart and those are the kinds of places that when I can I like to spend my money.
Business owners and their teams must continue to work incredibly hard to create businesses that residents and visitors want to use, if they don’t then they only have themselves to blame.
If residents don’t actively choose to use the businesses that have been created for them then they will fail and we will live in a town that doesn’t have indies. That’s the town we will have chosen, and the town we will deserve.
I think only a particular kind of masochist to have enjoyed reading all of this piece. I hope it has got you thinking about what you might like to change in your own routine and perhaps make more conscious decisions about what you buy from whom.
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