Apparently France and Germany are back in growth. What about UK? Not in the retail sector , that’s for sure.
We have been retailing furniture and home accessories for over 25 years and it has never been more difficult.
Actually, our recession started about 4 years ago. Our main income had always derived from selling stripped pine furniture. In the space of 2 years, the number of pine shops in our area went from five to one (just us). Thankfully “vintage” and “retro” and “shabby chic” is coming back into fashion and we are trying to maneuvre ourselves into position to pick up some business from that. It has been a struggle, watching our sales dwindling year on year and trying to hold on to market share.
We had an added burden 4 years ago when I had a flaming row with a long standing employee, and, in the heat of the moment, I uttered the words “you’re fired”.I had had heated arguments with this guy before, and “fired” him before, but he always came back the next day, and we resolved it. This time was different. The CAB and the employment Tribunal and solicitors and barristers got involved and it got escalated to a new dimension of silliness. So far, it has cost me over £35000 in leagl fees and and over £35000 in compensation to him. Its a long story. If you want to read about it. Click “Employment Tribunal Corruption” under categories.