Semley’s 918 Coffee Company is rewarding local delivery drivers with hot drinks. They’ve opened an outdoor ‘honesty-box’ for people who don’t want to queue in supermarkets and who can’t afford to pay the full price for tea and coffee supplies.
Kim Upshall of Shaftesbury’s Ward Goodman Accountants gives advice on grants or financial benefits from Dorset Council and government, being offered to our town’s traders, shopkeepers, restaurants and tourism businesses.
A schoolgirl from Shaftesbury has been adding colour and sustainability to local lunchboxes. Alfred met the 13-year-old entrepreneur who has started upcycling unwanted fabrics to make reusable sandwich wraps.
Another new, independent shop will open in Shaftesbury next week. Alfred’s Keri Jones caught up with the two friends who will combine floristry with food when Pamplemousse opens its doors on Wednesday.
Shaftesbury residents have been encouraged to start conversations about their mental wellbeing to remove any sense of stigma. And Adrian Welch, of union USDAW, says shoppers should know how to signal that they might need extra support.
Lidl’s plans to open a new store on the former Shaftesbury Cattle Market site are being challenged by a rival. Tesco claim the proposed supermarket next door will reduce their income and affect town centre traders more than Lidl suggest.
You might expect videos of Gold Hill to encourage visitors to Shaftesbury. But some people have been drawn to our town after watching tutorials produced by a Shaftesbury businessman and computer expert. Graham Lord’s ‘how to’ videos have attracted so many viewers, YouTube is now paying him.
Shaftesbury’s new deli is opening soon and Alfred met the experienced retailer behind this new venture. The shop will bring both essential goods and luxury treats back onto our High Street and add a new choice of tearoom.
A new Shaftesbury fitness facility opens next month. Ansty businessmen Chris Garrett became passionate about CrossFit after the exercise regime changed his life. He showed Alfred ‘the ropes’ at his new gym.
Monday will be a big day for Shaftesbury institution, Abbotts Greengrocers. The shop leaves its home of seven decades for new premises further along Bell Street. Alfred’s Keri Jones spoke with the owner.