Luci’s Rallying Call To Village Traders
Manchester Evening News – Wednesday 7th September 2011
“Luci’s Rallying Call To Village Traders”
An interior designer is calling on traders to support each other to ensure business is booming in Prestwich Village. Luci Roper, who runs Luci Living Design on Bury New Road, is spearheading the Advertiser’s Shop Local campaign. The campaign was launched last month to breathe new life into the area and help boost local trade.
Luci, 42 now plan to set up a business networking forum, encouraging local traders to use and promote each other’s services. The first meeting will take place at the end of September, and in the meantime Luci is researching successful Shop Local campaigns elsewhere in the country. Her ideas include, setting up a new market for local retailers and sourcing government funding to help regenerate the area. Luci is keen to bring local food outlets, as well as residents, under the Shop Local umbrella, and says the Advertiser’s campaign has ‘breathed new life’ into her hopes and vision for the village. She says “a lot of people have come into the shop and said ‘I’ve read about the Shop Local campaign in the Advertiser, how can I get involved?”
“People would like to see a different type of Prestwich, comparable to the likes of Didsbury and Chorlton, with a really community based feel. “For that we will have to build and grow, which means people being committed to supporting local businesses.”
Luci Living Design sells a mixture of reproduction and vintage furniture and home accessories including wallpaper and curtain fabric. It has an online store, and offers commercial and residential interior design services, working with 120 contractors who Luci project manages. High profile projects include a Parisian-style makeover on a spa at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester.
The company also refurbished Tao’s Chinese Restaurant in Prestwich. Luci plans to start a not for profit arts and crafts classes from the back of the shop, teaching people how to make their own curtains, jewellery, curtains or other furnishings. The mum-of-two trained as a psychiatric nurse, but has spent the past five years in interior design. Anyone interested in attending the inaugural Prestwich Business Group should call Luci Roper on 07584 583696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jane Duffy (Robie Flowers), Luci Roper (Luci Living Design), Julie Comac (Time For Tea), Steph McLoughlin (The Cheese Place) and Laurence Tottingham (Head Chef Aumbry Restaurant). Photo Bill McLaughlin
Prestwich Advertiser – Wednesday 7th September 2018
Shop Local: Traders’ rallying call for Prestwich people to back their businesses
Today the Advertiser launches a Shop Local campaign to breathe life back into Prestwich and give the village and its businesses a huge boost. We are officially supporting the campaign and are calling on our readers to champion everything good about Prestwich.
uci, 42, opened Luci Living Design four months ago on Bury New Road. She said: “Local independent traders want to help promote Prestwich village as a place to enjoy shopping and dining and we hope that people will choose Prestwich as a first choice destination. This will help to support local businesses, assist with regeneration of the area, create employment opportunities and importantly a sense of community.”
Every week the Advertiser will champion local traders, celebrate the people who work here, tell their stories and cover news and events. We want shop owners to keep us posted on new staff, openings and relocations, charity events, and anniversaries.
And we want reader views. This is a chance to have your say about what you want in the town centre and the issues facing shoppers.
Luci plans to host a meeting with fellow traders to encourage a proactive approach to securing their own futures. Part of her action plan includes businesses using each other’s services when organising promotional events.
Julie Comac, 45, boss of traditional tea shop Time for Tea on Bury New Road, tried to resurrect the Prestwich Business Forum, which folded in 2005, but got little support. She said: “I am really excited by what Luci is trying to do.”
Mary-Ellen McTague, of Aumbry restaurant, on Church Lane, which won the Best Restaurant award at the 2010 Manchester Food and Drink Festival, said: “We have been here over two years and received a lot of plaudits in the press, but locally people still aren’t aware of us.”
Andrew Needham, of Robie Flowers, on Bury New Road, said: “A lot of customers come from outside the area. It’s frustrating that the people who recommend us don’t necessarily use us themselves.”
Kath Armitage, owner of The Cheese Place, at the Longfield Centre, said: “We have been here two years and I have lost count of the people who have only just discovered us.”
Bury South MP Ivan Lewis said: “Local people should support village shops.”