THE HIGH STREET LIFE SERIES

The High Street Life podcast is presented by Roma Bhowmick and Leona Fensome and is a six-part series looking at life as an independent retailer on the St Albans High Street. The series is sponsored by the St Albans BID (Business Improvement District) and will share with you, the stories, triumphs and challenges of business owners and managers who serve our community on a daily basis.

THE HIGH STREET LIFE – INDEPENDENT FASHION RETAILERS

In this first episode, we chat with two fashion store female founders, The Dressing Room’s Deryane Tadd and Chloe Jame’s owner, Donna Nicol. They share with us, what their journey has been like and also, how in May 2020 (and during lockdown) they each celebrated 15 years and 10 years, respectively, as independent business owners.

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THE HIGH STREET LIFE – INDEPENDENT CAFÉS

In this second episode, we chat with three café managers,  Kiosk’s owners (formerly Hatch Kiosk) Andy and Tesni Bonar, George St Canteen’s Kev and Julie Lee, plus Nkora St Albans former manager, Jaya Chingen. They share with us, what their journey has been like and also, how in June 2020 (and during lockdown) they reinvented life as an independent business manager.

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THE HIGH STREET LIFE – INDEPENDENT WELLNESS & BEAUTY

In this fourth episode, we chat with wellness & beauty founders,  Eve & Adam Beauty Clinic CEO Sally-Anne Shepherd and The Pilates Rooms owner Sara Waller. They share with us, what their journey has been like and also, how this year, during lockdown they reinvented life as independent business owners.

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THE HIGH STREET LIFE – INDEPENDENT HOME INTERIORS

In this third episode, we chat with home interiors managers,  Cositas owner Emma Bustamante and Flowerbox owner Zoe Lafberry, plus her floor manager, Amy Hunter. They share with us, what their journey has been like and also, how this year, during lockdown they reinvented life as independent business owners.

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THE HIGH STREET LIFE – INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

In this fifth episode, we chat with three managers of local businesses,  Debenhams Ottaway Managing Partner, Susan Glenholme, and Metro Bank’s Local Director, Sam Mathur and Store Manager, Amber Dunlop. They share with us, what their journey has been like and also, how during lockdown they created initiatives to go over and beyond to support both their employees and community.

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THE HIGH STREET LIFE – PUBS

In this sixth and last episode, we chat with two general managers of local businesses,  Mad Squirrel Taprooms, James Ward, and The Peahen’s, Phil Ottaway. They share with us, what their hospitality and pub journey has been like and also, how during lockdown they continually adapted to meet their customer needs and how they supported their teams and the St Albans community amidst an ever-changing landscape.

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LOCAL LIFE, ST ALBANS BID

BID IN TIME OF LOCKDOWN

Denise Parsons, Manager of St Albans BID, tells Local Life listeners what it’s like for local businesses in these difficult times but also has some good news to share from the pandemic.

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FOOTFALL LOOKING GOOD FOR CITY CENTRE

Denise Parsons, Manager at St Albans Business Improvement District tells us that footfall numbers are bucking the national trend and visitors and locals are returning to the city centre. We also hear about the new Visitor Guide which has just come out.

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