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CPRE study backs case for small shops

first_imgA new study confirms that local shops flourish once superstore plans are turned down.The Real Choice report, by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the Plunkett Foundation, found the number of local and regional food suppliers in and around Saxmundham, East Suffolk, had increased from 300 to 370 with a wider range of local products sold since councillors rejected a supermarket in 1997.The overall number of shops had stayed constant at 81 – bucking the national trend of decline – and the local market towns had retained their bakers, butchers, fish shops and fresh vegetable outlets. Family baker Jacksons has four stores in and around Saxmundham. Senior partner John Jackson said the company would probably not be around if a supermarket had opened in the town. “There would be no high street. Instead, we’re surviving and optimistic about the future. Other towns haven’t been so lucky.” The CPRE is calling for new strategies to recognise the public benefits of local food networks, stronger planning policies for local authorities, tough action from the Competition Commis-sion to stem the growth of supermarkets, and for supermarkets to stock more local foods.Tom Oliver, CPRE’s head of rural policy, said: “There is a real choice facing local, regional and national government: to support a future for local food suppliers, independent stores and their communities. They can thrive alongside national and global businesses. Or we can do nothing and watch them die.”David Smith, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers, said he was glad someone had managed to prove what the group had been saying for years. “There’s a feeling that there’s complete unfettered competition between the supermarkets. Let’s hope the government listens to the evidence.”last_img read more

Christmas jumpers and more great presents for sport fans

first_img 8 More ‘ugly sweaters’ – NFL style! Click the arrow above, right, to see more gift ideas for the sport fans in your life – If NBA isn’t your thing then check out the Chrimbo jumpers on offer from NFL teams. In fact, NFL UK are having an Ugly Jumper day on 6 December if you can’t wait until 25 December to open yours. Have a look for your team here  and keep your eyes peeled for #NFLXmasJumperDay Subbuteo salt and pepper grinders plus bottle opener – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more ideas – This is one bottle opener that definitely won’t go missing, while you can pass the salt and pepper with ease at the dinner table on Christmas day. And you don’t have to worry about ironing any table cloth!  Have a look at them at Thatbo here. 8 Football Christmas jumpers! Click the arrow above, right, to see more gift ideas for those sport fans you know – Stuck on a present to buy the sport fan in your life? Then read on for some suggestions beginning with the classic Christmas jumpers, like these Arsenal ones from the club’s Christmas shop. And if you don’t want to don the Gunners’ colours, then most other teams have their own. Give Jose a home this Christmas – Click the arrow above, right, to see more Xmas pressie ideas – Mourinho’s job as Chelsea manager may be safe for now, but with Roman Abramovich as your boss, who knows what can happen. And if he does get the chop, then the Chelsea fan in your life can always remember him with this cardboard cut out from Kitbag. For the little fans in your life! – So now you’ve treated yourself, it’s time for your kids or little brother and sister. And if they’re a football nut, you can’t really go wrong with a bag shaped like one. Or you can create a football career for them with this personalised children’s football book. Head over to prezzybox for more info. 8 8 8 Seeing as it’s now December, you better start thinking of what to buy for Christmas.Here, talkSPORT attempts to help… 8 St. Pauli Advent calendar – click the arrow above, right, to see how you can make a Subbuteo fan very happy – St. Pauli, Germany’s ultra cool club with their skull and crossbones logo might not win much, but they have devoted fans all over the world. Being the type of club they are, we can only imagine the joys each window of this Advent calendar will bring. Probably chocolate, but you can dream – check out fcsp-shop.com NBA ‘ugly sweaters’ – Click the arrow above, right, if basketball isn’t your thing – That’s what they’re called and the ‘ugly’ merchandise is growing in popularity. They may be bright, but they feel great and are a better bet than those sleeveless shirts during the winter months! Check out your team’s jumper at the NBA shop here. 8 Hang Maradona… from your office/bedroom wall – Click the arrow above, right, to see the ultimate Christmas gift for a football hipster – If you think your office needs some football colour, then spruce up the walls with a few footy prints. They’re not hugely expensive and as well as the ones above, by Kieran Carroll, there are loads more, so check out box2boxfootball, who also have some lovely vintage football shirts, for more. 8last_img read more

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