Free business workshop to give boost to small retailers

Small shops on Wrawby Street being advised on how to set tills ringing this summer. EMN-150802-210058001
Small shops on Wrawby Street being advised on how to set tills ringing this summer. EMN-150802-210058001

Independent shopkeepers in and around Brigg will be finding out how to increase profits, courtesy of the Federation of Small Businesses and Brigg Town Business Partnership.

A special ‘Retailers Workshop’ will be held at the Brigg Heritage Centre from 5.30pm on Wednesday February 18, but places are limited so retailers are encouraged to book on soon as soon as possible.

Jayne Kitchen, Vice Chair of Brigg Business partnership, said: “Economic confidence is returning and with it consumer spending, but town centre trading can still be tough, especially given the competition from online trading and the large multiples.

“It is crucial then for the independent retailers in small market towns like Brigg to make the most of their shop fronts, window displays and merchandising for business benefit.

“This workshop will enable the retailers to discover ways of attracting and retaining customers by utilising merchandising techniques and by unlocking the mysteries of peoples buying habits.”

The delegate rate of £40 is being paid for by the FSB so there is no cost to the shop owner or staff.

To book on just send delegate name, business name, email and mobile number to

Full more information visit or call Sandy Andrews on 07947006831.

A buffet will be provided on the evening. The workshop is being provided for Brigg businesses only.

Brigg Business Partnership’s message is 

A spokesman said: “It is really simple - use your local high street or you will lose it. People don’t want to see shops close in the town centre but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.

“Shops will only survive if customers spend locally – so if you want a vibrant town centre, shop locally.

“Out of town shops have done a good job of convincing us all that local shops are expensive, but the evidence just isn’t there to back this up. If you add in travel costs, fees to transport larger items home and your time, the overall cost is often much higher.”