Love your local small businesses

Small Business Saturday A healthy mix of local businesses is an essential ingredient of any thriving community – especially small enterprises run by people who know the area and understand the needs of residents. The important role they play is recognised on Small Business Saturday, which falls on the first weekend of December each year. […]

My Covid year

23 March 2020 (a year ago) Yesterday was my mother’s 87th birthday. It was a Sunday. I usually spent weekends with her in any case since my stepfather died a few years ago. A week earlier, I had returned from my annual week-long ski holiday with friends, anxious because I rarely left her alone for […]

6 reasons to advertise in local magazines

Print advertising works This is borne out by the high proportion of repeat advertisers we see booking space in RG10 magazine. Print advertising consistently achieves a higher level of engagement than social or digital. The numbers reached may be smaller, but the quality of leads is better. We are more likely to filter out a […]

Is it ok to keep marketing through lockdown?

Consider this well-known marketing quote: “When times are good you should advertise. When times are bad you must advertise.” Ten months after the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK, 2021 has begun with us in the grip of a new one, with infection rates soaring and many businesses wondering how much more they can take.   In […]

Giving Tuesday – keep it local

‘Giving Tuesday’ follows hot on the heels of the retail frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, falling this year on 1 December. It is a day for demonstrating generosity of spirit to support the causes and communities that matter to us. Here at RG10 we’re all about supporting local businesses, charities and associations, so […]

‘Shop local’ ideas this Christmas

Just because November sees us in another lockdown, it doesn’t mean we need to give up on our good intentions to support local businesses in the run-up to Christmas. Happily, most are well-prepared this time around and have made it easy for us to continue to use their services. These days most shops have an […]

Lockdown 2: Six ways to support local businesses

So, here we are in a new lockdown for England lasting at least four weeks. But before we hunker down on the sofa with all the delivery apps open on the phone, Googling Christmas shopping ideas and firing off random Amazon orders, let’s consider what we enjoy about our local communities. How would we feel […]

The Virtual Hurst Show 2020

I’ve been really impressed by the number of local events moving online in recent months, refusing to let lockdown spoil the fun. However, plans for the Virtual Hurst Show are taking the idea to a whole new level! Normally the Hurst Show and Country Fayre is held over the last weekend of June, raising tens […]

Marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Nearly a year in advance the British Government announced that the May Bank Holiday – traditionally the first Monday in May – would be moved to Friday 8 May 2020. This was in order to have the public holiday coincide with the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, when the guns fell silent after years […]

Local news: Easter 2020

At this stage of our collective coronavirus COVID-19 experience we could all do with some uplifting stories to focus on. Here are a few that I hope you enjoy. Nature Twyford based photographer Asya Barskaya of ABL Photography has been taking the opportunity to capture and share images of spring awakening. Take a look at […]