A Crafty Cuppa in Taunton’s High Street Welcomes TV Shopping Channel Host! #IndieRetail by @Craftasmic

This is a guest blog by the team at Craftasmic who are looking forward to an amazing day on Saturday 27th October!

Two independent, family run businesses on Taunton’s High Street have joined forces to form what’s set to be a creative and tasty day!

‘Craftasmic’ Craft Store on Taunton High Street (45a High Street) and ‘Café Culture’ (49 High Street) are working together to host a creative craft day full of demonstrations and workshops with another UK family business some 200 miles away in Lincolnshire  called ‘IndigoBlu’.  A well known name on the TV Craft shopping channels, Kay from IndigoBlu, will be spending the whole day on Saturday 27th October at Craftasmic and Café Culture sharing all her wealth of design knowledge and creativity with Craftasmic’s customers.


IndigoBlu design and manufacture in the UK quintessentially English rubber craft stamps along with many unique and exclusive craft products very much on trend and often seen on TV Craft shopping channels and exclusive to Craftasmic within the region!

Focus on the economy of High Streets across the country is high on many agendas. “Our view is that working collaboratively with our retail colleagues is the way forward in drawing people towards our business” says Katie, proprietor of Cafe Culture.

The day lands perfectly to celebrate Craftasmic’s 3rd Birthday on Taunton High Street and marks the start of other special workshop and demo days being held at Café Culture by Craftasmic in the future.

James Hembrow, co-owner of Craftasmic said “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Kay from IndigoBlu to Craftasmic. Having planned the day with Kay I know what treats are in store for our customers on what’s set to be a fantastically creative and festive day with a few surprises thrown in!”.

Working with our ‘neighbor’ on the High Street ‘Café Culture’ has been a dream; their upstairs venue is a perfect space for hosting such an event and of course with fresh delicious homemade cake on hand and fair trade coffee, it’s just perfect for our customers too!”

If you would like further details about the event, contact Craftasmic on 01823 423894 or e-mailing info@craftasmic.co.ukFurther details on the companies working together can be found below… 

Craftasmic – www.craftasmic.co.uk – Café Culture – www.cafeculturetaunton.co.uk – IndigoBlu – www.indigoblu.com

About Clare Bailey

Clare Bailey, The Retail Champion (formerly Clare Rayner), is one of the most well-known and respected retail experts in the UK. With unrivalled knowledge in retail, high streets and consumer matters, she offers unbiased, independent content – whether engaged as a professional speaker, for broadcast media, or for a written feature. Clare is a business woman, entrepreneur and founder of several small businesses. Having been born into a family of successful business owners, it was inevitable that she’d eventually jump off the corporate treadmill and step out on her own! Today her brand portfolio includes The Retail Champion, The Retail Conference, the Future High Street Summit and the Support for Independent Retail campaign. In addition, she is co-founder of Mobaro Retail UK and a non-exec director of Beed Virtual Assistant Services. Having started her career as a fast-track store management trainee for McDonalds, she went on to work with leading retailers such as M&S, Dixons and Argos. She moved swiftly into management roles before being headhunted into senior consulting roles with global software giant SAP, and international management consulting brand, Accenture. Her corporate background in senior retail, consulting and technology roles, coupled with her experience of creating and running her own business, has enabled her to be equally capable whether consulting to global brands or micro businesses. This unique blend has not only positioned her as a leading expert in all things retail, but has enabled her to add meaningful commentary and insight to the debate around the future of the high street, and, how technology is driving fundamental change in the way consumers, and businesses, interact. Clare has become an influential voice in her field, which has resulted in her becoming a regular media contributor and sought-after conference speaker. Often seen on Good Morning Britain, BBC Breakfast, Sky News, and Chanel 5 (to name a few), Clare speaks on a myriad of retail, high street and consumer issues – but is particular adept when it comes to explaining the context behind retail trading results, newly released data, and government stats, in a palatable and informative manner. In addition to broadcast and conference speaking, Clare is the proud author of two best-selling business books published by Kogan Page - The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success, published July 2012 and How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market, published February 2013. She has provided contributions to various academic texts, including Retail Marketing Management (published by Pearson). With an engaging, conversational yet informative style, Clare writes for press and content agencies, providing features, articles, blogs and opinion pieces as well as contributions to white papers and reports. However, when the situation demands a more serious style, Clare can deliver - In 2016 she wrote an extensive report for a major insurance and risk law firm, as a retail expert witness, to support a public liability suit. She found that project particularly enjoyable as it played well to her strengths – assimilating large amounts of data and information, identifying the key points and articulating that in an understandable manner. When not on TV or speaking at conferences, Clare’s “day job” sees her supporting consumer-facing businesses through her consultancy services. When asked to describe what she most loves about retail consulting it is typically the opportunity to “dig deep”, getting “under the bonnet”, in order to leverage the business data to uncover the insights that lead to “lightbulb moments”. She also loves working on business change programmes that centre on improving the processes and systems to increase profitability by supporting more rapid, better informed decision making, improving the customer experience, or simply by become more efficient and streamlined. In this respect she considers herself a “business engineer” with a brain that works like a relational database! Due to her years of experience, her logical, objective approach, her quick, rational thinking, she is known for being able to cut through complexity, seeing right through to the crux of issues, finding creative solutions that others may have overlooked. As if all that wasn’t enough, Clare is a working mum, juggling a home life in rural Lincolnshire with her partner, their 5 kids, 4 cats, and geriatric Labrador! For all enquiries, contact Clare directly on 01727 238890 or email champion@retailchampion.co.uk.
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