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With my LeShopUK.com hat on, I was interviewed by BBC Bristol about my thoughts on the West of England’s LEP strategic economic plan and the impact on Bristol startups and small businesses. Also included in the report is representatives from business website and Aardman.
The Hyperrealist Sculptures of Ron Mueck
To view works from Ron Mueck’s current exhibit in Buenos Aires, visit the Fundación Proa location page.
Australian-born sculptor Ron Mueck has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for the past several decades, where he has gained global notoriety for his hyperrealist sculptures fashioned from fiberglass, silicon and resin. By replicating human anatomy in excruciating detail, Mueck dramatizes and explores themes of life and death through sculptures both miniature and massive.
Mueck’s latest works, which debuted in April at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris, France, recently made their way to Fundación Proa in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In March, the show will continue its tour through South America at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro.
When talking about online businesses, it’s easier to demonise them all as nasty tax avoiding, Amazon-esque monoliths who are taking away business from hardworking independent, high street firms. But the truth is, thousands of those online companies are small, independent businesses themselves. I run one of them. LeShopUK.com is an online photography retailer I set up earlier this year with my partner, Virginia.
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday when the focus will be on the nation’s entrepreneurs. In the US, where the initiative began, the attention is very much on physical, bricks and mortar retailers. Nothing wrong with supporting the high street but it’s vital that the rest of us companies are supported too. We also are local companies; the money you spend with us stays in our local economy. We do business with other small businesses and we sell our products in markets and in pop-up shops that are helping to revive the struggling high street.
The organisers behind Small Business Saturday in the UK have worked hard to communicate that our initiative very much embraces all companies but with so much coverage about the struggles of the high streets, it’s easy for people to assume it’s all about physical stores.
But it isn’t.
Online isn’t evil. It has had a profound effect on the world and a profound effect on business. Yes, it has made it harder for some, traditional companies to compete but it offers almost anyone the chance to do their own thing, start their own business and trade with the world. And businesses with a physical premises are missing out big time if they don’t also have a website.
So when you’re deciding which companies to support this Small Business Saturday, do support your local high street but also support your local online businesses. We need your help too.
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