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Independents' week recognises businesses




Town crier and the mayor visiting businesses across Bury for independents' day. Gavin Downes - (director of salon), Tonia Downes - (director of salon), Mayor Margaret Marks, Town crier Tony Appleton, Mike Kirkham (Our Bury St Edmunds). Picture by Mark Westley.
Town crier and the mayor visiting businesses across Bury for independents' day. Gavin Downes - (director of salon), Tonia Downes - (director of salon), Mayor Margaret Marks, Town crier Tony Appleton, Mike Kirkham (Our Bury St Edmunds). Picture by Mark Westley.

A Bury St Edmunds hairdressing salon celebrated it’s 40th birthday on Wednesday, during a special week marking independent businesses.

A double celebration was in order for Gavin Ashley hairdressing in Churchgate Street, celebrating the salons birthday and independents’ week.

Gavin Downes, director of the salon, said: “We feel that where there is a growing market where the big businesses are getting bigger it’s important that market towns keep their independents, it’s important that we continue to strive.”

The salon held a party for it’s staff to commemorate 40 years of the salon opening on Wednesday.

They are also in the midst of a refurbishment and plan to have another party when the renovation’s have been completed for all staff.

Mr Downes said: “We do have loyal customers, regular customers, some who travel great distances. We have over the years loyal staff.”

Gavin who was born in Suffolk opened the salon in 1978, and supports the independents week which is promoted by the Business Improvement District, Our Bury St Edmunds.

He said: “Our Bury St Edmunds support us on many levels. They listen to our needs and our grievances.”

Gavin Ashley as well as other independent businesses received visits from the town crier, Tony Appleton and the mayor, Margaret Marks on Wednesday.

Businesses involved included: businesses in Abbeygate Street and Angel Hill, Abbeygate cinema, Chelmer fine art, Auntie Pam’s Sweet Shop, the market and businesses in St John’s Street.

Bury St Edmunds has 15 per cent more independent businesses than the national average.



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