Two independent local businesses in Wigan are teaming up to open a new shop as restrictions begin to ease for non-essential retail.
Little Pot Plants and Olive Owl Flowers, both ambassadors for Wigan Council’s #SupportLocal campaign, have decided to up sticks and join the town centres current independent retailers in the hope of inspiring others to take the plunge too.
On Saturday, 17 April at 9am, they officially opened their shop doors after spending the last few weeks transforming number 2 Makinson Arcade into a haven of plants and flowers.
Amy Bithell, from Hindley, set up Little Pot Plants in August 2020 after being faced with redundancy due to the pandemic.
She said: “I started selling plants from my spare room and over the last few months, the business has snowballed. My house was slowly becoming a jungle of plants so I definitely needed more space!
“My redundancy turned into a great opportunity to finally live out my dream. I’m really passionate about artisan and independent shopping, especially female-owned businesses.”
Becca Heron, director for economy and skills at Wigan Council said:
“The pandemic has affected the small business community in many different ways. Some businesses have been negatively impacted,
“Some have diversified and adapted to the change and others have been born out of lockdown, as we can see here with Little Pot Plants.
“It’s brilliant news that Sarah and Amy have found inspiration during this uncertain period and have expanded in time for the easing of restrictions.