September 2013 - Local Shopping in Smith Street, Warwick | Party 2014


Victorian Evening

Coming Late November is the Annual Victorian Evening.

This is a great event for the town which always attracts a lot of visitors. Sadly due to police restrictions, Smith Street cannot take part in the event in their usual style. As you know from previous posts the Smith Street Traders like to implement a road closure and celebrate in style. The Warwickshire police Force decreed more than 6 years ago that closing Smith St caused too many traffic problems.

Just because Smith Street can’t do its thing, that shouldn’t stop you from coming to Warwick to enjoy all things Victorian including; ferret racing, a carousel powered by a steam engine and if you’re lucky you may even encounter someone dressed up in period costume. They won’t have small pox though or any other Victorian ailments, so you’ll be fine.

Thursday 28th
November 2013
Attractions 5 – 9pm
Lights switch-on 7pm
Market Square, Warwick, will be transformed
into a Victorian Christmas for you to enjoy:
• Beautiful steam powered carousel
• Children’s rides and entertainment
• A ceremonial procession led by lanterns
• Fairground organs
• Ferret racing
• Festive food stalls
• Victorian market & craft stalls
Enter our best dressed Victorian
competition and win a meal
for two at the Rose & Crown!
www.visitwarwick.co.uk
FREE parking at Linen Street car park from 4pm
If you would like a stall at the Victorian market, please call on:
01789 267000 or email info@sketts.co.uk

By Paul Evans | Categories News, Whats On!

The Drinks Room – Forthcoming Tastings

These tasting sessions from the Drinks Room  on Smith St are fast becoming a big hit!
Friday 13th September – Meantime Brewery – Raspberry Wheat
                                                                           Chocolate Porter
                                                                           Yakima Red
Friday 20th September – Dark Star Brwery – Six Hop
                                                                       Belgian IPA
                                                                       Imperial
                                                                       Sunburst
Friday 27th September – Purity – UBU
                                                     Gold
                                                     Mad Goose
All tastings will start at 4pm.

 

By Paul Evans | Categories News, Whats On!

Journey The World – India & Sri Lanka

On Tuesday 15th October 2013 Journey The world will be hosting an India & Sri Lanka evening. This event will be held at the Warwick Arms Hotel rather than the agency premises. This is due to demand of the event.
The evening will consist of talks, information and Q&A to the specialist providers. Please contact Alyson or Aimee for further details on 01926 400121 or email.

By Paul Evans | Categories News

Local Shopping News

It appears that some of the traders on Smith Street are experimenting more and more with new ideas to attract new customers.

As mentioned before in previous posts, event based shopping could be a way forward. The shopping public want more than just a shop to purchase goods from. They want excellent service, competitive pricing and something on offer that differs from the supermarkets or the internet, they want an experience. Independent traders can offer the personal touch and an experience that the multi nationals and the internet can’t offer. Traders need to find “Compelling reasons” for the shopper to come to them rather than the easy options of the internet and supermarkets.




The latest business on Smith Street to try new ideas is Journey The World
This is a great example of how a small business can beat the internet, where else could you get advice to suit you rather than the masses. This is the personal touch that small independents can deliver and the internet, supermarkets or the multi nationals can’t.

On Tuesday 15th October 2013 Journey The world will be hosting an India & Sri Lanka evening. This event will be held at the Warwick Arms Hotel rather than the agency premises. This is due to demand of the event.
The evening will consist of talks, information and Q&A to the specialist providers. Please contact Alyson or Aimee for further details on 01926 400121 or email.

By Paul Evans | Categories Uncategorized

The Drinks Room

Today from 14:00 – 18:00 The drinks Room will be hosting a tasting session of a new wine from Italy.

The Drinks Room are doing regular tasting sessions so watch out for more.

By Paul Evans | Categories News

Our Friends Down South

There are two different towns in two different counties. One town is on the seaside,  the other is in the middle of England. The thing in common with both; they’re trying to buck the trend and both had failed “Portas Pilot” Bids.

The hot topic these days is the High Street or more accurately, Saving the High Street. The government and Mary Portas all have their views splashed all over the newspapers and various internet sites such as the BBC  however the views of the independent traders are still being ignored. I admit that some of Ms Portas ideas are valid and the Mike Grimesy report via the Guardian has merit but why aren’t they getting to the heart of the problem and speak with the people at the sharp end.

Towns like Swanage and Warwick have been taking things into their own hands after failing to secure £100k of funds to help regenerate the towns and High Streets. Go it alone groups are springing up everywhere, trying to access funding from all areas of local government. Warwick managed to access funding through the County Council’s Operation Footfall scheme, while down in Swanage, Dorset. They’ve had to go a different route.

The Swanage & Purbeck  Hospitality Association Understand that they are one of the big winners by having a thriving tourism market which in turn makes for a vibrant town centre. (Currently Swanage has less than 7% vacancy rates on its High Street.) So the Association set up and pay into a fund that is used to benefit the town as a whole.
When an individual or group has an idea that will increase footfall, the association, after reviewing & approving the plan, will underwrite it. After speaking with a guesthouse owner, it appears that many festivals, including the forthcoming Folk Festival and a Comedy Festival have all been supported in their infancy by the Hospitality sector and now both festivals are fully self reliant. I may also add that the festivals bring in large numbers of visitors and helps to extend the “season” for the town.

So, could or should this type of idea be up and running in Warwick. After all there is a strong hospitality sector and everyone accepts that this area always gains the most from events such as the recent Food & Film Festival. Warwick now has the WarwickRocks group which try to access funding solely to promote the town, which of course benefits all sectors of the trading environment.
The business owners voted No to a BID for various reasons, however can business owners of all sectors believe that the council will keep funding various initiatives such as Operation Footfall? Or groups like WarwickRocks to be successful in gaining more funds?

It maybe time to get our thinking heads on with regard to funding these small groups of forward thinking individuals. They’re willing and able but it costs to implement new initiatives that can save the High Street.

By Paul Evans | Categories Uncategorized

Our Friends Down South

There are two different towns in two different counties. One town is on the seaside,  the other is in the middle of England. The thing in common with both; they’re trying to buck the trend and both had failed “Portas Pilot” Bids.

The hot topic these days is the High Street or more accurately, Saving the High Street. The government and Mary Portas all have their views splashed all over the newspapers and various internet sites such as the BBC  however the views of the independent traders are still being ignored. I admit that some of Ms Portas ideas are valid and the Mike Grimesy report via the Guardian has merit but why aren’t they getting to the heart of the problem and speak with the people at the sharp end.

Towns like Swanage and Warwick have been taking things into their own hands after failing to secure £100k of funds to help regenerate the towns and High Streets. Go it alone groups are springing up everywhere, trying to access funding from all areas of local government. Warwick managed to access funding through the County Council’s Operation Footfall scheme, while down in Swanage, Dorset. They’ve had to go a different route.

The Swanage & Purbeck  Hospitality Association Understand that they are one of the big winners by having a thriving tourism market which in turn makes for a vibrant town centre. (Currently Swanage has less than 7% vacancy rates on its High Street.) So the Association set up and pay into a fund that is used to benefit the town as a whole.
When an individual or group has an idea that will increase footfall, the association, after reviewing & approving the plan, will underwrite it. After speaking with a guesthouse owner, it appears that many festivals, including the forthcoming Folk Festival and a Comedy Festival have all been supported in their infancy by the Hospitality sector and now both festivals are fully self reliant. I may also add that the festivals bring in large numbers of visitors and helps to extend the “season” for the town.

So, could or should this type of idea be up and running in Warwick. After all there is a strong hospitality sector and everyone accepts that this area always gains the most from events such as the recent Food & Film Festival. Warwick now has the WarwickRocks group which try to access funding solely to promote the town, which of course benefits all sectors of the trading environment.
The business owners voted No to a BID for various reasons, however can business owners of all sectors believe that the council will keep funding various initiatives such as Operation Footfall? Or groups like WarwickRocks to be successful in gaining more funds?

It maybe time to get our thinking heads on with regard to funding these small groups of forward thinking individuals. They’re willing and able but it costs to implement new initiatives that can save the High Street.

By Paul Evans | Categories News