Shopkeepers of the world…

I’ve been out and about in Coventry, Hungerford/Bristol and Warwick so far this week.

On Tuesday I went on the road with Saxon Brands area sales manager Nathan Flower to get a feel for his day and visit a couple of retailers in Bristol on his rounds.

Nathan’s a great guy, and he has to deal with a fair bit of banter between him and the guys at the retailers we paid visits to. He can give as good as he gets.

The retailers we dropped in on were very friendly, and hardly backward in coming forward with their opinions with Nathan, but they all looked horrified of the idea of me taking their picture and appearing in CAT magazine or online here.

I’m not quite sure why, although it chimes with previous experience over the nine months I’ve been hanging around the aftermarket. Of any sector, I am finding it hardest to get feedback, opinion and advice from retailers.

It’s a shame, because it’s not for want of trying and of any sector retail is one, perhaps, where it might pay to stick together a little bit more.

There are still a couple of spaces on the CAT Council for some retailers, so don’t be shy. Get in touch and get it all off your chest.

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