Thomas James Moves

A Ruddington based business, which is more accustomed to moving others, has itself just relocated – but only to the other side of High Street! Thomas James has been a growing, independent estate agent, selling properties since 2003, and opened its flagship branch in Ruddington in 2007. Its ongoing success in our village and further afield has since led to the opening of five other branches across Nottinghamshire. The brand new, and now rather more plush, Ruddington premises are on the corner with Charles Street – occupying part of the previous…

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The Changing Face of Our High Street

Ruddington’s historic village centre is currently undergoing some of the biggest remodelling in decades – with two major demolition and reconstruction projects now underway at either side of High Street. It’s hoped short term pain will lead to long term gain by enabling new businesses to trade from brand new purpose-built premises on the sites of both the former Thomas’s Greengrocers storage building and the old Barclay & Cook Convenience Store. Meantime there are changes underway at some of our existing High Street shops, too. Sadly one of these is the…

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Ruddington’s New Post Box

There’s just been a very useful new addition to our High Street – something that’s actually been missing for the past three and a half years. Thanks to Ruddington’s Postmaster Soham Patel, the Post Office now has an external post box again! Anyone who was in the village before February 2016 will remember there was, in fact, a rather magnificent red pillar-box here which got moved to make way for an exterior cashpoint. The new hole-in-the-wall was kindly installed by the Patels to compensate for the loss of TWO former High…

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Positive Reception for New Loyalty Card

The Ruddy Good Loyalty Card, launched at the start of this month, seems to be getting the thumbs-up from Ruddington village shoppers and traders so far. The FREE new card, which offers monthly #RUDDYGOODOFFERS at dozens of our village centre outlets, was the idea of the Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP). It is seen as a great way of encouraging residents and workers to spend their time and money here rather than elsewhere – in addition to attracting regular visitors to use our businesses by showcasing what they have to…

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Ruddington Loyalty Card Launches

October sees the start of a brand new initiative to encourage Ruddington residents and visitors to patronise our village’s many shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants, takeaways and other retailers – with special offers to showcase the diverse range of products and services available right here on our doorstep. Incentives to buy locally range from 10% off all stock in some shops, to meal deals, special offers and loyalty bonuses – just by showing your ‘Ruddy Good Loyalty Card’. For the launch of the new scheme, twenty eight village businesses are taking part…

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Loyalty Card’s October Launch

An exciting new initiative to encourage more residents and visitors to use our village centre shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants, takeaways and other traders will launch at the start of next month. The Ruddington Loyalty Scheme comes as high street retailers everywhere are facing more challenging trading conditions in these increasingly internet-dominated times. The introduction of the village loyalty card was on the agenda at a special meeting for local businesses last night (18th September) organised by the recently formed Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) group. It was hosted by Julie Smith from…

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Ruddington Traders Join #MyHighStreet Initiative

Last month we told you about the launch of the 2018 “Great British High Street Awards” run by The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. If successful, our village could scoop £10,000 to spend on improvements to its shopping areas. We’re pleased to report that Ruddington village centre businesses have got together to create a submission which has been entered in the ‘Customer Experience’ category. Julie Smith of Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) told us: “We’re using our community strength and building more reasons to shop local – with ideas for improving the customer experience…

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Village Centre Partnership Progress

Back in April we reported how local traders in Ruddington began exploring innovative new ways they might work together to attract more residents and visitors to use our village centre. The Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) was formed after the sudden and unexpected closure of Thomas’s the greengrocers prompted an extraordinary meeting of Ruddington Parish Council – resulting in numerous business people and concerned residents coming together to volunteer their help in whatever ways they could. Councillor Ian Wilson, who’s co-ordinating the partnership, told us: “Over the past couple of months the group has…

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Celebrating The Great British High Street

Ruddington is kick-starting a celebration of local high streets in a new initiative from Rushcliffe Borough Council to promote the great businesses that exist within its communities. From TODAY (July 16th) the week long campaign sees the authority showcasing high street retailers and encouraging them to work together in their neighbourhoods to submit an application to the 2018 “Great British High Street Awards” run by The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government. If successful, Ruddington could scoop a potential £10,000! Our village traders have joined East Leake, Bingham, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Cotgrave, Keyworth and…

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Traders’ Task Force Takes Shape

Businesses in Ruddington have begun exploring innovative new ways they might work together in order to attract more residents and visitors to use our village centre. On April 12th an extraordinary Ruddington Parish Council meeting was called in the wake of worries about the closure of Thomas’s Greengrocers – the latest of several long established independent traders here who’ve gone out of business or decided to shut up shop. Now a form of “Village Centre Partnership” is being proposed after dozens of concerned locals put their names forward offering to help.…

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