It’s no longer news that the high street is struggling. There are more businesses going under each day. Not necessarily with the publicity given to Jessops and HMV but every bit as disastrous for the owners and employees.

And for anyone selling clothes there has been the double whammy of poor weather over the last year or so. How many of you bought many new summer clothes last summer? I have been told by other local independent traders that last summer was by far the worst they have known in over 20 years. And you can see that from the fact that everything is permanently being discounted – summer sale segues to mid season sales into pre-Christmas sale and the new years sales are continuing still!!

The situation in Chelmsford really wasn’t helped by the arrival of Primark. We were already well served with similar shops – Mark One, Deichmanns…

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