All change for shops ‘bucking the trend’

From the left,Val Sandford and Jane Templeman of The Nimble Thimble and Allen Wyatt of Buckingham Flooring and Beds are swapping shops.'120304M-C280
From the left,Val Sandford and Jane Templeman of The Nimble Thimble and Allen Wyatt of Buckingham Flooring and Beds are swapping shops.'120304M-C280

THRIVING businesses is are taking a cue from the 1970s Saturday morning children’s TV programme during the Buckingham shop swap.

This weekend two retailers will be passing each other in the street with their stock as they ‘Swapshop’ units.

The mutual swap between The Nimble Thimble on Bridge Street and the Buckingham Floor and Bed Centre a few yards way on Well Street will allow one business to expand and another to rebrand.

Jane Templeman, co-owner of The Nimble Thimble said the move made perfect sense for both businesses.

She added: “We desperately need bigger premises to display our rapidly increasing stock of designer fabrics and yarns, as well as more room for our classes and workshops, which are regularly over-subscribed.”

Husband and wife team Jackie and Alan Wyatt run the Buckingham Flooring and Bed Centre.

Mrs Wyatt said since they opened in September 2010 they have steadily grown the business through word of mouth and are looking forward to the move to a more prominent position in the town.

She said: “This move to a more visible site gives us a chance to re-brand. Going forward we will be called Bridge Street Flooring, which will avoid confusion with another local business.”

The Nimble Thimble opened nearly three years ago and has been inundated with people wanting to learn traditional hand crafts such as patchwork, knitting and rag rugs.

The store has also built up a good social network around the business by holding regular Social Sewing or Knit Night sessions.

Mrs Templeman added: “In these days of gloom and doom, we are proud to report that two local businesses are doing well and bucking the trend.”

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