This year we took the decision to compliment our on-line business with a presence in St. Georges Market, Belfast. With our lines finalised we needed to work out how to raise capital in order get our products branded and ready for retail.
There are so many things one could say about St. Georges. Firstly, we are a long way off fulfilling our need to raise the capital. Things have been slower to get rolling than we had perhaps expected yet strangely we are fairing better than many of our counterparts. We could do a Saturday to compensate but we try as much as possible to keep that day for family time.
We've considered investing money on banners, branding, packaging for the stall etc., but as a casual trader we really just wanted to see if we could get the stall to work. And, it has. We are currently looking at expanding to sell at Victoria Square on a Sunday as well and plans are in place for their Christmas fayre too.
If these opportunities provide the capital it would permit us the opportunity of having finished products ready for retail; that would allow us to consider expanding and possibly, just possibly, consider taking some money out of the business. A much needed source of income for the expanding Falls family.
Incidently St. Georges' Market has been shortlisted in the top 10 "good causes awards" and is currently open for voting. You can give it a big thumbs up here: http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards