Following a series of shop closures in Leicester city centre due to the effects of the recession and online shopping, a new scheme has been launched to help village shops fight back against such effects.
In a £30,000 Leicestershire County Council scheme, last month saw the release of the new village shop support scheme, with the aim to aid small village shops and post offices survive in such competitive economic times, due to the rise of internet shopping and superstores.
Lesley Pendleton, Cabinet member for rural affairs, stated, “Our village shops and Post Offices are the lifeblood of our local economies and we’ve launched this scheme to help them survive and thrive.”
“These shops provide essential services to people who can’t get to their local market town. I would encourage shopkeepers to check out the advice that’s on offer.”
The support for small shops has also been strongly advocated by retail expert Mary Portas.
Free services that are available to Leicestershire rural retailers include 24 hour access to online training, one-to-one email or phone support, and face-to-face support such as retail assessments and window display analysis.