Top Tip

09 February, 2007

It's easy to sit back and complain about the multiples, but with a bit of ­effort you can compete in your range and price. We've tried making our own hampers as a point of difference. You can fill them with Champagne, fine wine or whisky and sell them for £15 or more. Why not

fill a hamper with real ales for men, and Champagne, chocolates and candles for women. It's these little things that will draw in customers.

Mark Johnson, Celebrations,

Stockport

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Write to laura.clark@william-reed.co.uk or phone 01293 610225




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