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Are high street shops dead ?

Are high street shops dead ?

DID SHE REALLY POST THAT !  Why did I speak up about been quiet? Recently I posted on social media that the village in which we are located in is very quiet, I explained it really is time to use the local shops or loose them , it had a huge response and over 5,000 people saw the post and lots of people shared Since then I have been asked why I did that ,wasn't I embarrassed?  My answer is no, absolutely not, this is a nation wide problem. Shops are closing daily and town centres are boarded up. People...

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We made the papers !

We made the papers !

Children take away lazy dog walkers' excuses with new poo bag project As part of the positively Marsden village clean up we asked children to help us in the fight to encourage dog owners to clean up their dogs mess and we hit the papers ! We had a very successful turnout and massive support on the local social media pages  after the event. I had the idea sent to me by another local business owner Rebecca Higgins and she suggested we ran a workshop for children to make doggy boo bag dispensers to be placed around the village to...

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Supplier showcase - Lanka Kade Fair Trade Gifts and Toys

Supplier showcase - Lanka Kade Fair Trade Gifts and Toys

Established in 1994 Lanka kade is a family run business based in the heart of the UK specialising in the design, craft and supply of fair trade wooden toys and gifts for children Their aim is to reduce poverty through trade, they build long term sustainable trading partnerships that provide stability and protect local skills. They offer advice , training and interest free loans to support business development Designed in the UK and made in Sri Lanka creating opportunities, fair payment, no discrimination, no child or forced labour, good working conditions , respect for the environment and fair trade practises....

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What Makes Lottie Dolls Different ?

What Makes Lottie Dolls Different ?

Lottie Dolls have hit the toy industry by storm in the last few years I first spotted Lottie at a toy fair 4 years ago and immediately fell in love with the whole concept of allowing children to be children without limitation and I was hooked. I knew they where not very well known but I also knew my customers would love them and fall in love with the concept as much as I had and I was right . In the last few years my range has grown and grown and customers keep coming back for more and get...

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What does Vicki, Oscar and Imogen have to say !

What does Vicki, Oscar and Imogen have to say !

Hello, I’m Vicki and I’m a Toy tester for Lisa at the Magic box toy shop Well my kids Oscar and Imogen are the toy testers really. I just watch them, take photographs and write about what happens. Sometimes I am organised enough to put said toys in to my handbag when we head out to somewhere or maybe even set up an invitation to play before I go to bed. How I found The Magic Box  I mentioned on instragram (vixietrixiepixie) a while back that I first saw Lisa’s gorgeous shop when we were house hunting in Marsden. I...

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