Niki Talbot, who owns Teddy Boutique on Mill Bridge with her daughter Charlotte, is a big backer of the BID and the events it helps to support like the Switch-On and the Christmas Markets.
“When we decided to take the plunge and open Teddy Boutique we chose Skipton because we loved the unique feel of the town with all of its independent shops,” she said.
“We have both lived locally for 30 plus years and have gradually watched local high streets morph into clones of each other, but Skipton is different.
“And it’s important to keep it that wayif our lovely high street is to survive,” said Niki, who revealed they are about to expand their shop to open an upstairs sales floor.
“We believe the BID helps this by organising or supporting the many events that take place throughout the year. The Christmas Lights Switch On this Sunday is a great example of this; it will bring in thousands of extra people. And the Christmas Markets are fantastic and give trade in the whole town a real boost.
“These events and the many others that take place over the year bring people to the town who, we know from our own experience, return time and time again and bring friends, not only to the events but for visits and holidays through the year.
These events bring people to the town who, we know from our own experience, return time and time again and bring friends, not only to the events but for visits and holidays through the year. This surely keeps Skipton on the Map as somewhere worth coming to.
“On a personal level the BID team have helped us as a small independent family business. The BID, in particular Geraldine, keeps us up to date with what is happening in the town and has provided us with opportunities to promote our business on more than one occasion.
“We are just about to open our upstairs sales floor and expand our range of
children’s clothes and beautiful baby gifts and we know the BID will be there supporting and promoting our efforts. So for anyone who has any doubts we would say give the BID your support. Skipton would be a very different town without it!”