“There’s no more room for mediocrity” was how one of our neighbouring farmers described the current farming climate when I talked to him yesterday and we both agreed that businesses now need to work harder than ever and do an exceptionally good job if they are going to survive. If they are too small, or fail to do this, they not only get devoured by the likes of Amazon, Tesco etc, but they will (and do) disappear without trace.
Judith Woods in the Saturday Telegraph wrote an intriguing article about a small town called Barnoldswick in the Peak District, which boasts the highest proportion of independent traders in the country. Encouragingly, a new report by insurers, Simply Business, claims that traditional high streets are making a comeback, with rising numbers of bakeries, butchers and fabric shops opening.
“Nice to talk to a friendly voice on the phone and to find a handwritten note with my purchases” this was a delightful email sent to us last week from a customer in Germany, who had been told of our products by her friend in Ireland. I honestly believe that there is opportunity for “independents” such as ourselves, to not only survive, but thrive by combining old fashioned values added to modern developments, such as speedy delivery/communication.