West Wellow supports the Daily Echo Buy Local, Shop Local campaign

JOINING CAMPAIGN: Butcher Mike Barrett with fellow traders in West Wellow. Echo picture by Paul Collins. Order no: 8302600

JOINING CAMPAIGN: Butcher Mike Barrett with fellow traders in West Wellow. Echo picture by Paul Collins. Order no: 8302600

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by

MIKE Barrett is determined his village will make the cut as the recession begins to bite.

Mike, who runs Mike’s New Forest Butchers, has signed up for the Daily Echo Buy Local, Shop Local campaign – and a whole host of independent retailers in West Wellow have followed suit.

The owners of Lower Common Road Stores, Country Consumables, Hair Review and Pharmacy Direct have all joined Mike in supporting our call to back traders in their hour of need.

He said: “There is a lot of work to be done to come through this difficult time. But there is a real community spirit here and it is unusual to see so many shops in one village.

“We’re happy to back the campaign and support anything that helps independent companies.”

Mike sells free range, regionally- sourced meat from his traditional, family-run shop in Lower Common Road.

And he is urging villagers to think local before driving to giant supermarket chains.

“People will still go to the big supermarkets, but we need to encourage them as much as possible to buy what they can in the village,” he said.

“Here, we really enjoy our job and hopefully that shows in the service.”

Mike Simpson from Country Consumables added: “If residents and shoppers don’t support the shops here, they will disappear – that’s the trouble.

“Some villages have no shops at all. If people want us to stay

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1:19pm Sun 29 Mar 09

Miles Sway says...

This guy is a great butcher and sells excellent quality meat - I used to buy from him when he was at Landford. Well worth the drive.
This guy is a great butcher and sells excellent quality meat - I used to buy from him when he was at Landford. Well worth the drive. Miles Sway
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1:22pm Sun 29 Mar 09

Boris Remmington says...

More interesting is the village shop which has not signed up ! Why ?
More interesting is the village shop which has not signed up ! Why ? Boris Remmington
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4:25pm Sun 29 Mar 09

Costa Baz says...

I wish these people well in their attempt to survive the credit crunch.

IMO people will only use the small retailer as stop gap to the national chain, mainly because the national chain can usually offer goods at better prices, often with free parking facilities.

What the small retailer shouldn't lose sight of is that the consumer is also suffering as a result of the credit crunch, so their decision to shop further afield will often be driven by their own need to survive.

I sometimes wonder how much extra a retailer has to add to the retail price of his product to cover extortionate rents charged by greedy landlords.

The smaller the turnover the greater the percentage increase needed per item to help make a profit, making them less competetive.
I wish these people well in their attempt to survive the credit crunch. IMO people will only use the small retailer as stop gap to the national chain, mainly because the national chain can usually offer goods at better prices, often with free parking facilities. What the small retailer shouldn't lose sight of is that the consumer is also suffering as a result of the credit crunch, so their decision to shop further afield will often be driven by their own need to survive. I sometimes wonder how much extra a retailer has to add to the retail price of his product to cover extortionate rents charged by greedy landlords. The smaller the turnover the greater the percentage increase needed per item to help make a profit, making them less competetive. Costa Baz
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5:57pm Sun 29 Mar 09

Miles Sway says...

Boris Remmington wrote:
More interesting is the village shop which has not signed up ! Why ?
Do you mean the one on the main road that was Moody's?
I understand they were really pi55ed off as they had their own butchery (over-priced, and poor quality) but till Mike Barret moved in no real alternative. Good luck to him and the others there.
[quote][p][bold]Boris Remmington[/bold] wrote: More interesting is the village shop which has not signed up ! Why ?[/p][/quote]Do you mean the one on the main road that was Moody's? I understand they were really pi55ed off as they had their own butchery (over-priced, and poor quality) but till Mike Barret moved in no real alternative. Good luck to him and the others there. Miles Sway
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6:34pm Sun 29 Mar 09

Condor Man says...

Sadly the banks have helped in the demise of small businesses. Take the Triangle. Apart from a couple of cash point machines there is no where for businesses to bank their takings- one had to use Corals for change. Banks charge small businesses a fortune for cash deposits and card transactions. I'd much rather give my money to a local firm than Tescos but the banks have made it much harder.
Sadly the banks have helped in the demise of small businesses. Take the Triangle. Apart from a couple of cash point machines there is no where for businesses to bank their takings- one had to use Corals for change. Banks charge small businesses a fortune for cash deposits and card transactions. I'd much rather give my money to a local firm than Tescos but the banks have made it much harder. Condor Man
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2:48am Mon 30 Mar 09

Finlay says...

If I appear harsh thats because I am when it comes to the whining local shop keepers. In business you have to give more to get more and that means competitive pricing or a better product. Show me evidence in all those posing in the picture. The butcher maybe so the others have great service then I guess - Its old hat!

Take a reality check either produce something that supermarkets dont have and focus on that - You do not have a hope in hell of competing on daily groceries so dont - It irritates people when you charge often twice the supermarket price and take the money with a cheery insulting smile. Whos stoopid here?

A short drive and my basket of goods is doubled for the same amount of $'s. The cash saved goes to buy more goods for my family and not the smiling corner shopkeepers.

Its over guys.

Get on with your lives
If I appear harsh thats because I am when it comes to the whining local shop keepers. In business you have to give more to get more and that means competitive pricing or a better product. Show me evidence in all those posing in the picture. The butcher maybe so the others have great service then I guess - Its old hat! Take a reality check either produce something that supermarkets dont have and focus on that - You do not have a hope in hell of competing on daily groceries so dont - It irritates people when you charge often twice the supermarket price and take the money with a cheery insulting smile. Whos stoopid here? A short drive and my basket of goods is doubled for the same amount of $'s. The cash saved goes to buy more goods for my family and not the smiling corner shopkeepers. Its over guys. Get on with your lives Finlay
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