Well, what an election here in the UK. We’re in for difficult economic times here as elsewhere but with Vince Cable at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Eric Pickles leading the Department for Communities and Local Government, we have two capable and pragmatic politicians who appreciate the importance of small business in both rural and urban areas – a big plus so far. A minus that has appeared is the increase in Capital Gains Tax from 18% back to 40% on profits on the sale of non-business assets, although this is being used to fund other things.
Go Green in the recession
Antiques are the ultimate in recycling – they reuse, rather than convert products, and most were probably made leaving a smaller carbon footprint than their modern equivalents. Top interior designers mix the old with new (and many hunt here on Antiques.co.uk) so why shouldn’t we all? From kitchenalia to garden furniture, antiques are rising in popularity and its possible to furnish your home sustainably, economically and stylishly with them.
Become an antiques activist
We will be re-addressing our petition to support the antiques industry to the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to highlight the impact on our trade of business rates, extended parking restrictions and above all the propensity for local planning authorities to let big brands push out smaller independent shops that have given towns their very character and make them so attractive to the big boys. Recession will check the pace of this, but we need to keep speaking out.
So, what can we do to support the antiques industry?
Become an antiques activist: whether you are a buyer or a seller, or just keen not to see antiques shop disappear from our high streets, please do sign the petition if you have not already done so. Sellers should team up with their neighbouring fellow businesses; join their local Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses. Find out whether your town is involved with initiatives such as Action for Market Towns (towns.org.uk) or a local participant in the Coastal and Market Towns Initiative.
We are all in this recession together so we can either sit back and moan or roll up sleeves and do something about it.
The V&A’s current shows, Horace Walpole & Strawberry Hill, and Quilts 1700-2010,
We here at Antiques.co.uk are just putting the final touches to the definitive guide to the country's antiques fairs and events. If you are an event organiser, don't miss out on the opportunity to get valuable coverage for your event by getting in touch with us and ensuring your event is listed.
We'll be in touch shortly when this facility goes live, but until then, make sure you don't miss the following forthcoming fairs:
Carmarthen Antiques & Collectors’ Fair
United Counties Showground,
Nantyci, Carmarthen, (Towyi Events )
West London Art & Antiques Fair
Kensington Town Hall (Penman Fairs)
NEW 3-6 June
London International Fine Art Fair
Olympia, London W14
(new owners, new Format )
IACF’s International Antique & Collectors Fair
Winthorpe, nr. Newark, Notts
Brunel Clock & Watch Fair
Uxbridge College, Middlesex
(Horological Time Fairs)
(Bowman Antiques Fairs )
IACF’s new one day fair
How Antiques.co.uk Can Help Your Business
Rodney Chapman from Mansion House Antiques writes:
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The site layout is easy to work with and is user friendly and is interesting to look through with articles and new members joining regularly. Best of all is the very reasonable cost at just 15 pounds plus vat for a whole month of selling as much as you can.
There's no commission deducted from sales like on eBay and Iain Brunt who owns and runs the business is very quick to help and advise on any issues that might arise.
The sales I have achieved are ten fold and more than the monthly outlay of joining. It's easy to add stock and the site development has been added to and improved month on month.
I recommend everyone to join fast before there's a waiting list. I find Iain is interested in every individual whose business has joined and he is never hard to get to talk to and always rings you back. So join today and waste no time in getting started on the road to success with Antiques.co.uk today! "
A.F. Dade opened his first shop in 1964 at Tadworth in Surrey after serving 4 years as an apprentice cabinetmaker and polisher to a renowned firm in Reigate, Surrey. He travelled extensively sourcing fine antique furniture which he sold to trade, export and private buyers some pieces selling to top London dealers. He became well known for his ability to find pieces of fine colour, quality and originality and enjoyed much repeated business with his many clients. In 1978 he moved his business to Brighton where he traded at several shops till due to high rents and parking he moved two years ago to Unit 16, an antiques warehouse, at The Vinery, Poling, near Arundel, West Sussex.
I still carry a varied stock of fine 18th. to early 20th. Century furniture and can arrange delivery at cost to the U.K. Mainland.