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December/January 2021


Pour yourselves a large mulled wine this Christmas… I think we all deserve it after the most torrid year in a generation. Perhaps the Queen should have reserved her “annus horribilis” speech for 2020! With promising talk of a vaccine, we’re ever hopeful the first half of 2021 will bring back the normality we all crave for.

Of course, our health, and our family’s health, is priority and foremost we wish everyone a safe and healthy winter. Regulations have been necessary to keep us safe, but certainly the ‘last-minute’ rule changes, U-turns and furlough updates have kept businesses on their toes. Even if you’ve managed to stay open as an essential service, we know how tough it’s been for some.

The team at PPM raise a glass to you, and may all the qualities of an independent bricks-and-mortar retail shop (friendliness, local service, frontline advice to name a few), still thrive in our communities… we’re confident it will.

Beth Andrews, assistant editor - [email protected]