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Shop Hartlepool: Why town centre marketing campaigns are good for places, businesses and shoppers

It goes without saying that Covid has been an immense challenge for pretty much everyone – whether because of the disruption to businesses, or on a personal and human level. It can be hard to draw positives out of such a difficult time, but one side-effect of the pandemic, as I’ve noted before, has been a renewed emphasis on, and appetite for, shopping independent and…

The wine cellar style interior of Cavavin in Newcastle. Photograph by Graham Soult

Newcastle wine merchant Cavavin impresses with its range, service and kerb appeal

Today, I started my morning at a pub in Durham – visiting The Waiting Room as part of my Indie Durham City work – and ended it in a wine shop in Newcastle! Cavavin is apparently a well-known fascia and buying group in France, but it is still relatively new to the UK. There are currently five franchisee-run UK stores, including this one in Newcastle…