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    The local business vs big business debate is difficult. From experience, in Buckshaw, we have had a mix of both.

    The problem with a handful of small businesses is the way they operate. I won't name the names, but a couple of them acted like they deserved business because they were small. Bad attitude of staff & owners and prices higher than the "corporates" locally. So, as a client - what do you do? Personally, the big business employs people, as the small ones does. The big business gives me better service, and if it didn't, it has an answerable chain of command. A small business - with a bad attitude - you can go no further.

    Retail is changing and Preston knows it, and dealing with it.

    I've said before, 90% of people don't want to go to town on a Saturday trawling through shops for clothes, shoes and other bits. If we can do all that online, our weekends can be used better, and the town centre can be a focal point of food, health, fashion and socializing. Preston looks much better now, than it did 10 years ago, despite the loss of Woolworths, BHS, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNEroulette View Post
    Agree in theory about supporting Local economies but they have to provide a good service. If they are just supported because they are local then its a big mistake, local businesses around here will take advantage as much as the bigger companies. From my experience they are just as greedy with a few commendable exceptions, 20 + years ago it was probably a bit different but times have changed,in my opinion.
    That's a very fair point and it isn't cut and dried. I can only go by my own experiences of localism and supporting small businesses, but I accept that much of it it is anecdotal.

    I think my main point is that, apart from my support for thriving local economies as the backbone of a national economy, the Carillion issue is a factor - big companies can cause a lot of collateral damage if they fail.

    Perhaps, the economy is to encourage a healthy mix of the two, with large national chains alongside small, local business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithLard View Post
    The local business vs big business debate is difficult. From experience, in Buckshaw, we have had a mix of both.

    The problem with a handful of small businesses is the way they operate. I won't name the names, but a couple of them acted like they deserved business because they were small. Bad attitude of staff & owners and prices higher than the "corporates" locally. So, as a client - what do you do? Personally, the big business employs people, as the small ones does. The big business gives me better service, and if it didn't, it has an answerable chain of command. A small business - with a bad attitude - you can go no further.
    Ha ha, the Cowshed then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeithLard View Post
    The local business vs big business debate is difficult. From experience, in Buckshaw, we have had a mix of both.

    The problem with a handful of small businesses is the way they operate. I won't name the names, but a couple of them acted like they deserved business because they were small. Bad attitude of staff & owners and prices higher than the "corporates" locally. So, as a client - what do you do? Personally, the big business employs people, as the small ones does. The big business gives me better service, and if it didn't, it has an answerable chain of command. A small business - with a bad attitude - you can go no further.

    Retail is changing and Preston knows it, and dealing with it.

    I've said before, 90% of people don't want to go to town on a Saturday trawling through shops for clothes, shoes and other bits. If we can do all that online, our weekends can be used better, and the town centre can be a focal point of food, health, fashion and socializing. Preston looks much better now, than it did 10 years ago, despite the loss of Woolworths, BHS, etc.
    Without naming names of course, but I feel that you are hinting at a Bovine themed small business ... Agree with you about the attitude & feel that they just threw in the towel when they got wind of corporate competitors moving in to the area. Small businesses will struggle on Buckshaw because of the extortionate rents. I just hope the Shanti Lounge continues to thrive... I am also pleased with the direction that Preston City Centre is going in & it is becoming an appealing place to spend the occasional free Saturday afternoon/evening

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    Quote Originally Posted by tino View Post
    ha ha, the cowshed then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckshawwhite View Post
    Without naming names of course, but I feel that you are hinting at a Bovine themed small business ... Agree with you about the attitude & feel that they just threw in the towel when they got wind of corporate competitors moving in to the area. Small businesses will struggle on Buckshaw because of the extortionate rents. I just hope the Shanti Lounge continues to thrive... I am also pleased with the direction that Preston City Centre is going in & it is becoming an appealing place to spend the occasional free Saturday afternoon/evening
    You may well be right about the Bovine connection

    Shanti Lounge is excellent and Men's Lounge Barbers nextdoor is great too. That is the type of small business that should thrive anyway.

    Unfortunately a coffee shop with extortinate prices just doesn't work especially if attitude is poor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckshawwhite View Post
    Without naming names of course, but I feel that you are hinting at a Bovine themed small business ... Agree with you about the attitude & feel that they just threw in the towel when they got wind of corporate competitors moving in to the area. Small businesses will struggle on Buckshaw because of the extortionate rents. I just hope the Shanti Lounge continues to thrive... I am also pleased with the direction that Preston City Centre is going in & it is becoming an appealing place to spend the occasional free Saturday afternoon/evening
    Iím certainly doing my bit to help Shanti thrive...

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    Ditto..... Our paths must have crossed at some point?

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