As Britain becomes a nation of clone towns suffocated by high street chain stores, Whitstable continues to shine as a champion of the independent retailer. A study by think-tank the New Economics Foundation found the seaside resort is top of the list in terms of diversity, with none of the ‘sameness' associated with most town centres. Findings showed 41 per cent of UK towns surveyed were clones of each other – where more than half the stores were chains – and 23 per cent were on the verge of becoming clones. Whitstable was one of the 36 per cent to have more than a third of its shops independent, snubbing the commonplace shopping experience seen elsewhere.
Chris West, town centre manager, said opting for this kind of business instead of the run-of-the-mill chain store was the strength of Whitstable.
"We still have retailers such as butchers and bakers along with unique shops and that's what's keeping people here," he said. "People are fed-up with clone-like towns..
"We're proud of this town. People travel 150 miles to come here just for the day or when there are events on like the Oyster Festival.
"Some say they don't even know why they come here, they just like it so much."
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We are all very excited this week to announce the engagement of our Director Jim Hartley and his now fiancée Philippa! At 37 you may be forgiven for saying ‘about bl***y time!’
Jim got down on one knee last Sunday morning and proposed to Philippa whilst they were staying at Philippa’s parents house. Unbeknown to Philippa, Jim had already asked the permission of her father and had come fully equipped with ring.
Now the big question is will he wear a sailcloth morning suit?
We all send them our best wishes and congratulations!
Quba Sails has won the Retailer Of The Year Award at the Southampton Boat Show 2010! The Retailer Of The Year Award was awarded to Quba by the Marine Trade Association in recognition of special achievement in the marine trade.
The Marine Trade Association’s Retailer Of The Year Award was started in order to recognise retailers who make a difference to marine trade. Quba celebrates being the first clothing company to receive this award.
The award looks to acknowledge outstanding achievement and helps the winning company gain invaluable respect in the marine industry. The MTA’s objective is to make the marine industry a good industry to do business in. Customer service is high on their list of priorities, as they believe that satisfied customers make for an active and successful industry. The award is judge by a number of different personalities who all have a firm foothold within the marine industry.
We are all extremely pleased and excited about this award and hope it will act as a springboard for future achievements!
Pictures of the award ceremony to follow…
We’re heading off to Southampton this week in order to set up for the Southampton Boat Show, which kicks off this weekend.
We’re offering a free pair of tickets to the boat show (worth £46!) for the first 10 people who order over £100 on the website- so get ordering for the chance to go for free; they’re going fast!
We’ll be open at the Boat Show from the 11th-18th September at stand G126. We hope you can make it to visit us and take a look at our range of ladieswear and menswear, as well as our famous Quba jackets. Come along to get a bargain and pick up one of our new catalogues!
This month, one of our designers Sophie went on a different sort of holiday. Instead of her usual relaxing get away, she decided to volunteer in Ghana instead.
She worked on several different projects, including helping in an Orphanage, working on building projects and teaching in the schools. Sophie said that this gave her a great insight into a very different culture and that she found it an amazing and rewarding experience working alongside the friendly locals.
Before she went away, sophie admirably raised money to spend on the projects. She was able to put the money towards buying materials for different building projects and helping local families who needed health insurance and basic food.
Check out the her lovely photos in the gallery.