SLDT delivers a programme of bespoke consultancy and training services focused on identifying opportunities for the development and onward maintenance of financially viable businesses within vibrant villages and market towns
Where appropriate our retail specialist works in association with other sector specialists to ensure the highest quality of support and advice is made available.
Working closely with District Councils SLDT has been integral to the delivery of bespoke advisory support to retailers in Kirkby Stephen, Appleby, Queensferry, Mold, Flint, Stockport, Neston and Penrith.
SLDT is active in supporting rural retailers and Post Offices across Cumbria and Cheshire working with both Cheshire County Council and Cumbria County Council to reduce the impact of Post Office closures on village shops. Over the last ten years our Retail Specialist has worked directly with over 300 businesses across the region and was personally contracted by The Countryside Agency as Retail and Rural Services Consultant between 1998 and 2005.
SLDT has also recently worked in association with Pub is the Hub to map village shops and pubs across Cheshire to help inform future action regarding joint service provision and seek route to minimise closure and subsequent impact on the communities served.
SLDT is accredited to deliver Welcome Host Customer Service training for retailers across Cumbria.