Independent retailers experienced sales success over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend, placing themselves at the heart of their communities.
“We had a ball. On Thursday 1,500 people dropped in to the party and we raised £1,120 for the National Autistic Society,” said owner Amrit Singh.
The store hosted a hook-a-duck competition, plus a penalty shootout game alongside other events, while more than 1,000 samosas were eaten by local residents.
“We dressed up in jubilee T-shirts and decorated the shop with bunting. We ordered purple Jubilee-themed badges and flags, and from the proceeds of these items we raised money for the Ukraine appeal,” said Nye.
“The Jubilee is all about togetherness, so it was great to come together. We judged the community bake-off competition with the joke names Harry Hollywood and Atul Berry,” he said.
Sodha also provided free tastings of his homemade ‘Curry in a Hurry’ range, and said sales up to, and during, the bank holiday rose by 15% compared with last year.