Thursday, 5 September 2013

Support Our Independent Shops

Paul Scully with Gaynor Lamb of the The Conservatory Florist.
Photo thanks to (and courtesy of) the Sutton Guardian.
If there is one thing I (and this blog) have banged on about over the years it is the need to support our local independent shops. If we want a high street with a unique character and not just a monotonous collection of multinational outlets we need to help those independent businesses contributing to that character to survive. It’s not that hard; it mainly just means doing our shopping in them. But it also means supporting them in other ways when we can.

That is why I am appreciate local parliamentary candidate Paul Scully's launch today of his local Independent Shop of the Year competition.

From now until the 17th October, people living in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park can vote for their favourite local independent shop. Whoever receives the most votes will become Sutton, Cheam & Worcester Park’s Independent Shop of the year. By voting in the competition, customers will be taking the opportunity to say thank you to a local retailer that they feel has provided an excellent service to them and their families. They will also stand a chance of winning £100 to spend in the winning shop. To vote, just go to the website

After launching the competition and website, Paul Scully said:
“We have some fantastic independent shops in our local area which we need to use if we are to keep them. It takes hard work to survive on our High Streets against the big names. This competition is a small way of letting our local retailers know how much we appreciate and support them and I hope everyone will spend a couple of minutes going to to vote for their favourite shop”
For more information please see the Sutton Guardian story here.

I’m sure we’re all sad to see the demise of John James Gardening, the Model Road and Rail shop and the Party shop but to name a few over the years. Unless we want to see others go the same way we need to remember our local independent shops before we default to the corporate giants.

According to the competition, the following is a list of our local independent shops (in Central Road and Windsor Road). Please support them. Being independent is of course sometimes a judgement call. I would define it as the person who owns the business works in the shop. The competition organisers have stressed that this is not a closed list and that people can nominate a shop not mentioned here if they feel that it is an independent shop and has been missed out. Email me here at the blog ( to do so and I will pass the suggestions on.

Local independent shops:

Stitch Right
Born Sushi
Ocean Fish Bar
Amor Beauty
Dual Tools Hire & Sales
Prestige Dry Cleaners
Klass Hair Salon
Classic Wok
Gents Barber
More Than Lofts
Stitch Express
Cut and Design
Excelsior Launderette
The Pedicure
Look @ Me
Knightwood Furniture
Chubbys Kebabs
Dawson Arial Service
Central Locksmith
D.G. Coles & Son Ltd.
Preview Mens Wear
Surrey Door Centre
Garners Funeral Service Ltd.
The Rose Spa
Hendys Jewellers
Tarrant's Hardware
The Conservatory Florist
Ross Fruiterers
The Chinese Medicine Plus
Kim's Hair
Acacia Hair and Beauty
PC Fix Centre
Ryan Gate
Worcester Park Mini Market Newsagent
Mr Ink

Broadway Bargains
Happy Garden
Cycle Power Ltd
Discount Motor Spares
Toy Shed Toy Shop
Worcester Spark
The Classic
Megabyte Computers
Household & Toy Warehouse
Pets Place
Shree Ghanapathy Food & Wine
Burkitt Stationers
Cut & Blend Barbers
Redgwell Sewing Machines
Quality Dry Cleaners of Worcester Park
Woodward Bros
Sole 2 Sole
UK Household
R. Woodfall Optometrists
Moonlight Unisex Hair Salon
Worcester Park Wine
Nefis Kebabs