I hope you all had a great Christmas.
This year, for the first time ever, we had our meal out!  It was fantastic – such a relaxed morning.  We had bacon rolls, watched TV and listened to music with a Bucks Fizz and opened our presents.  We then got ourselves ready and headed to our local for Christmas Dinner.  There was a busy hubbub of excitement and a festive atmosphere.  A few of our neighbours were there too!  I really enjoyed the experience.  We then got the family together again on Boxing Day for steak pie, chips and peas!!  This has become a bit of a tradition in our house.
What can we say about 2023?  A year that we won’t be sad to see the back of.  A year of war, worldwide natural disasters, strikes and a cost of living crisis.  The world, and certainly businesses in the U.K. are now feeling the effects.  I have definitely seen a drop in trade.
Poor weather, online shopping and the convenience of Amazon is always going to make it tough for small retailers.  I’m guilty too – I place online orders.  However, for goods such as clothing and footwear particularly, it is not quite so convenient when you have to arrange to return unsuitable goods.  There is nothing like physically trying before buying.  There is also the personal touch.  The advice and expertise of someone who really knows their product is so helpful and builds a relationship of trust.
I am thankful to all of my customers and I feel grateful that I’ve come through yet another turbulant year.  “Scraped through” would be a better description, but we are still here and I plan to continue working hard to retain and grow the business.  If you do use social media, please help by liking, commenting and sharing our posts.  This small act helps so much by getting us seen by more people and increases our reach and awareness.
Tomorrow I’ll be announcing details of our Winter Sale on Instagram and Facebook, but you hear it here first, giving you a 24 hour advantage! There will be 20% off EVERYTHING online and in store on purchases of £50 and above – not just single items, you can combine numerous items, as long as the total amounts to at least £50 you will receive the discount.  Shop online using code snow20 at the checkout, or pop in to the shop.  This offer excludes sale items.  There are some genuine bargains and 20% is quite a saving on some great quality items, so take advantage now!
In the meantime, I wish you all a very Happy New Year – Cheers!  Enjoy the celebrations and I’ll be back in touch very soon.
Until then, look out for each other and be kind.
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