A Crowdfunder page has been set up to help save Eastbourne’s last independent baby shop from closure.
Roly Poly’s Little People was created to bring back traditional toys and affordable yet quality clothing. The company tries to stock locally made toys and clothes, and favours organic and forestry commission certified products.
The shop is calling on the public after running out of funds to keep the shop running, due to family illness and other issues. The closure of the shop would result in three staff members being made redundant.
A spokesperson for the shop commented: “We cannot access funding through the banks or other sources because we are a small business and have been established for two years. Furthermore, although our owner is classified as disabled in the eyes of the law, she is not entitled to any benefit and currently has no income.
“Without extra help we cannot last until the busy period of Christmas again – which is our best time of year and will help us get back on good footing. It also means Eastbourne shoppers will have one less place to buy unique presents.”
The shop’s aim is to raise some extra working capital to carry out advertising, replenish stock, bring in some new lines and to pay arrears that have been mounting up since the owner fell ill following a car crash. The company also hopes to hire an accountant to help manage VAT returns and find areas where they could make savings.
A target of £1,000 has been set but Roly Poly’s Little People is hoping to raise at least £5,000.
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