Local shopping centre helps generate success for over 30 community businesses

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THE Forge Shopping Centre has announced it has helped 36 independent retailers find success within the Glasgow community, following a recent achievement with local business Sisters Café.

As businesses battle through the climate emergency and a cost-of-living crisis, the ‘shop local’ movement has continued to capture the hearts of people throughout Scotland. The Forge Shopping Centre believes it is crucial for aspiring entrepreneurs to have an environment to promote their businesses and sell their products.

Jade Wilkie, Marketing Manager at The Forge Shopping Centre, said: “Nothing means more to us than helping local businesses succeed. They need a helping hand now more than ever, and we’re delighted to have been involved in the growth of 36 businesses.

“Many of these independent retailers began on a kiosk or small premises within the Market Village, selling their products to the public. Now, some of these businesses have enjoyed so much success that they’ve had to upsize into larger units.”

The owner of Sisters Café, Charlene, started selling chocolate fountains and balloons from The Forge Shopping Centre in 2002. After enjoying much success, she expanded the business by moving to the Market Village area to sell cooked food in 2005. By 2008, she’d taken over the centre’s main café and now sells a range of hot and cold food, ice cream, tea and coffee, and cakes.

Charlene said: “For many years I worked towards my dream of taking over a café of my own, so, this was a great opportunity. I have always enjoyed working in the centre, as all the staff (including those from other stores) have continued to help our business from the day we opened – and we do feed a lot of them. The centre has continued to support the business and our goals. Recently, one of my staff and I received awards for excellent customer service, and The Forge Shopping Centre were so supportive!”

The centre is home to local businesses from a variety of industries, including furniture (The Wise Monkey), children’s clothes (Kiddie Boutique), hair and beauty (F&L Village), and food (Sisters Café). Each company has been on their own exciting journey within the shopping centre, but they all share one thing in common: rapid growth that caused them to upsize their units.

Despite the effects of COVID, The Forge Shopping Centre continues to trade well and hopes to welcome even more independent businesses to their establishment. Small businesses and local retailers rely on the public to keep their doors open, which is why it’s so important that the people of Glasgow continue to visit shopping centres, markets, and high streets for their goods.

For more information, visit https://forgeshopping.com/

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