Small and unique will see town future bloom

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JUST because we are small independent shops doesn’t mean we are any more expensive - that is the message Market Rasen florist Gill Scuffham wants to get across.

Having opened Forget Me Not in the town’s Queen Street 16 months ago, Gill is optimistic about the high street’s future, with the friendly personal service Rasen’s retailers have to offer.

“Quite often we offer unique products and can try to order in stock if we don’t have it in the shop at the time,” said Gill.

“Lots of the shops offer a delivery service too, both in the town and surrounding villages.

“We are aiming as a town for returning happy customers, so we try that little bit more to make sure we get to know what our customers want.”

After being flat out with Christmas wreaths and door decorations since October, qualified florist Gill is already gearing up for Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter.

“Like all businesses, there are highs and lows, but there are obviously times of the year when I am naturally busier than others, that is the nature of floristry.”

As well as flowers, Forget me Not also provides a range of gifts and jewellery.

“As town traders, we work together to know what each other stocks, so we can direct customers to the correct shop if we don’t have what they are looking for,” adds Gill.

But Gill believes one of the main assets of the town is the free car parking.

“You can save on petrol costs and parking fees by keeping it local, so what better reason to see what is available on your doorstep.”