Rishi Sunak’s Spring Statement was a disappointment for small businesses, with many desperate for help with rising costs. Indies will be hit with a sharp rise in energy costs this month alongside higher business rates bills and wages. And while the government has implemented a cut on fuel duty and increase to the Employment Allowance, critics say it will do little to relieve the financial pressure they currently face. Turn to page 39 for some expert analysis.
On a more positive note, many shoppers are preparing for a summer holiday abroad this year for the first time since 2019. Sales of high summer fashion are expected to boom as consumers refresh their holiday wardrobes. So, if you find your store is selling out of key pieces and you’re looking for fresh stock, don’t miss our holiday essentials edit on page 21. We also highlight some top short order suppliers offering suitcase-friendly pieces on page 26.
Meanwhile, with support growing for local businesses and independent home-grown brands, British fashion is also experiencing a resurgence. With that in mind, we’ve hand-picked some leading womenswear collections created by talented UK-based designers starting on page 33.
Elsewhere this month we also interview Anna Park, founder of the eponymous boutique group, Anna.
Her mini womenswear chain is among the most successful in the UK, offering a truly outstanding service paired with an irresistible fashion edit. Having been in the business for almost 30 years, Park has had to adapt to many changes along the way. However, her original concept of selling beautiful clothes remains. Turn to page 49 to find out how she’s navigating the world of e-commerce.
Last but not least, if you haven’t already submitted your Boutique Stars Awards entry, there’s still time. Head to boutique-magazine.co.uk/submit-and-entry for a chance to win an award. Good luck!
Gemma Ward, Editor
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The April 2022 issue of Boutique magazine is out now; read the digital version here.