Risk-free retail is beating the recession

Doing well: Darrell Woodward and Billy Town at Bygone Times in Eccleston
Doing well: Darrell Woodward and Billy Town at Bygone Times in Eccleston
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The recession may have hit the high street but two Chorley retail outlets say business is booming.

Long established furniture, antique and collectable outlets Botany Bay and Bygone Times say they’ve benefited from people looking to ‘risk-free retail’.

The centres in Chorley and Eccleston respectively offer traders the chance to rent space in the two converted mills rather than go it a lone and rent a shop, with all the overheads that go with it.

John Cunliffe, operations manager for Bygone Times Trading Ltd, said it’s a win-win situation.

He explained: “It allows traders to develop their own small businesses and sell their wares to an ever increasing number of customers.

“They can do this with the peace of mind that they don’t have any further outgoings to consider other than a small monthly rent.

“This type of arrangement is not common place on the high street.

“More and more retailers are choosing this ‘risk-free retail’ way to grow their business.

“The local traders avoid the usual retail overheads such as VAT, business rates, utility costs, staff costs as both Botany Bay and Bygone Times provide everything the retailer requires including the space to trade in.”

Mr Cunliffe said latest figures showed increased footfall and greater customer spending at both sites.

He added: “When we say risk-free retail, we mean exactly that, no sales staff, no marketing costs, on site security and a guaranteed flow of customers, all provided at no extra cost.

“It really is a great solution for a local small business in these challenging and uncertain times.”

For more info visit www.botanybay.co.uk or call 01257 261 220.