Facebook tributes to popular Devizes pottery closed by rates blow

This Is Wiltshire: Leanne Murphy, shown with friend Caroline Kean in 2012, has now closed the Pottery Painting Company in Devizes Leanne Murphy, shown with friend Caroline Kean in 2012, has now closed the Pottery Painting Company in Devizes

Parents and their children who use the Pottery Painting Company in Devizes have spoken of their sadness that the shop has been forced to close because of high running costs.

Leanne Murphy, who opened the business in November 2012 with friend Caroline Kean, closed the shop on the corner of Maryport Street and Monday Market Street at the weekend. She blamed high commercial rates and an increase in competitors.

The closure came as a shock to families who have enjoyed creating their own designs on pottery. Many of them have taken to Facebook to express their sadness,.

Leslie Mills said: “What a shame the pottery decorating shop is closing. I do hope the lovely girl who runs it can find alternative premises in town.

“It’s individual businesses like this that make a town like Devizes a bit special.”

Mrs Murphy said she had been paying £500 a month in rates and this included a discount for being a small business. But as she was near the top end of the £12,000 limit on receiving a discount she received very little. She said some neighbouring businesses paid nothing in rates.

But Mrs Murphy said that while the way rates were assessed baffled her she was taking the blame for her business closing.

She said: “I take full responsibility for choosing this expensive site. I was blinded by its potential as a creative space. The increased competition was not part of the plan.

“I am proud of the two years I had.”

The premises was for many years the Cheese Shop and later became Travelwise. It was empty for some time after the travel agents moved premises.

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12:58pm Thu 4 Sep 14

kimcrawley says...

Perhaps you should get in touch with Karen Brady - the government's small business advisor. She has just been bragging on radio 4 that they have helped thousands of businesses pay no business rates at all. ( Try the BBC i player ).
Perhaps you should get in touch with Karen Brady - the government's small business advisor. She has just been bragging on radio 4 that they have helped thousands of businesses pay no business rates at all. ( Try the BBC i player ). kimcrawley
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7:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Fluffy peppa says...

So sad, good alternative for a kids party.
Shame they couldn't relocate out of the centre, but somewhere we could visit!
Unique concept for Devizes.
Fantastic for parents too!
So sad, good alternative for a kids party. Shame they couldn't relocate out of the centre, but somewhere we could visit! Unique concept for Devizes. Fantastic for parents too! Fluffy peppa
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8:37pm Thu 4 Sep 14

kimcrawley says...

It was on 'You and Your's' Between 12.15.- 13.00. When you look into it it's just like Clare Perry's claim that the economy is growing. No it is not. You can not export Gardening, Window cleaning and Car Washing. The majority of new jobs created rely heavily on Working Tax Credits and Housing benefit. If this 'success' continues we really will be up the creek. We need proper jobs creating added value, not some spin and blaming the last government.
It was on 'You and Your's' Between 12.15.- 13.00. When you look into it it's just like Clare Perry's claim that the economy is growing. No it is not. You can not export Gardening, Window cleaning and Car Washing. The majority of new jobs created rely heavily on Working Tax Credits and Housing benefit. If this 'success' continues we really will be up the creek. We need proper jobs creating added value, not some spin and blaming the last government. kimcrawley
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12:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Theppc says...

Just to clarify, as this article focused on business rates (and I used to think they meant the same thing as rent before I had my own business). Business rates are a little like a council tax for businesses. They are set by the government and collected through the local council. This is the £500 the article referred to. Rent is paid in additional to this figure and set by the landlord. Some businesses don't pay business rates, depending on your position, size, windows etc.
Just to clarify, as this article focused on business rates (and I used to think they meant the same thing as rent before I had my own business). Business rates are a little like a council tax for businesses. They are set by the government and collected through the local council. This is the £500 the article referred to. Rent is paid in additional to this figure and set by the landlord. Some businesses don't pay business rates, depending on your position, size, windows etc. Theppc
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12:52pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Yanziboom says...

This is no suprise. There was no way that sort of bussiness could make enough revenue to pay for such a large retail unit. Only suprise is it lasted 2 years, it must have cost the owners dearly.
This is no suprise. There was no way that sort of bussiness could make enough revenue to pay for such a large retail unit. Only suprise is it lasted 2 years, it must have cost the owners dearly. Yanziboom
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12:54pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Yanziboom says...

kimcrawley wrote:
It was on 'You and Your's' Between 12.15.- 13.00. When you look into it it's just like Clare Perry's claim that the economy is growing. No it is not. You can not export Gardening, Window cleaning and Car Washing. The majority of new jobs created rely heavily on Working Tax Credits and Housing benefit. If this 'success' continues we really will be up the creek. We need proper jobs creating added value, not some spin and blaming the last government.
Pull you finger out, start a business and create some jobs then!
[quote][p][bold]kimcrawley[/bold] wrote: It was on 'You and Your's' Between 12.15.- 13.00. When you look into it it's just like Clare Perry's claim that the economy is growing. No it is not. You can not export Gardening, Window cleaning and Car Washing. The majority of new jobs created rely heavily on Working Tax Credits and Housing benefit. If this 'success' continues we really will be up the creek. We need proper jobs creating added value, not some spin and blaming the last government.[/p][/quote]Pull you finger out, start a business and create some jobs then! Yanziboom
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Fri 5 Sep 14

kimcrawley says...

Oh a troll, does your mummy know you are using the computer?
Oh a troll, does your mummy know you are using the computer? kimcrawley
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2:27am Sun 7 Sep 14

Daedalus says...

I think you'll find it's 'Lesley' not 'Leslie', G&H. Can't you even 'cut and paste' correctly?
I think you'll find it's 'Lesley' not 'Leslie', G&H. Can't you even 'cut and paste' correctly? Daedalus
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