Mystery shopper treatment for stores

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INDEPENDENT shops can get advice on how to make their business more profitable thanks to a free scheme from East Hampshire District Council and the National Skills Academy for Retail.

Companies that join the scheme will be visited by the National Skills Academy for Retail who will sample the shopping experience and provide a report on ways in which the business can become more profitable.

This includes aspects such as merchandising and customer care.

The mystery shopper scheme is limited to 50 retailers and visits will take place during April.

Following the visit and the initial report, there is the opportunity for one-to-one mentoring in any areas highlighted in the report. Mentoring will be for half a day and is offered at a subsidised fee of £25. It is limited to 20 retailers. Both advice schemes are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

To find out more or arrange a visit, email or call 01730 234168 by Monday, March 31.