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Suffolk Show 2012: Lifestyle

WE may be in the thick of an economic recession, but independent Suffolk businesses with an eye on interiors and home décor are proving just how houseproud the county’s property owners are.

Nearly a dozen independent Suffolk companies are to form part of The Hopkins Homes sponsored Luxurious Lifestyle Pavilion at this year’s Suffolk Show in June.

Between them, they will be displaying a broad variety of handmade or specially sourced decorative features which are continuing to prove enormously popular on the county’s shopping list – despite the tough financial climate.

Rosie Hunter, who owns her own interiors firm, believes the economic crunch may well have made families tighten their belts in certain areas, but that they are still as keen as ever to decorate their homes and create an environment they can be proud of.

“I’m delighted to be back in the Lifestyle Pavilion because it’s a great way of engaging with my many customers from across the county,” she said.

“We’ve clearly noticed over the last couple of years that, although there is a great deal in the press about economic downturn, people really do still want to spend on their homes and things which continue to enhance their home environment.”

She added: “Suffolk Show is a great opportunity for independent businesses like Rosie Hunter Interiors to see existing and new customers.
“Having exhibited for the past 15 years at the Suffolk Show, I have achieved a loyal customer base who have become friends, appreciating our service and genuine approach.

“There’s enormous loyalty among Suffolk customers and I know that at this year’s Show I’ll be engaging with customers who I’ve helped on and off over many many years.”

Recent research showed houseproud Brits spent more than £400 billion on home improvements and décor in the last five years, despite the economic downturn*.

Rosie will be joined in the Lifestyle Pavilion by companies from around the East Anglian region, including Pomegranate, Roger Gladwell Landscape Design, Rendall and Wright Barretts of Woodbridge and Smoke and Fire Tiles.

Paula Slater, Tradestand Officer, said: “We find this aspect of the Show to be an enormously popular feature and it has been something which has attracted huge crowds ever since we opened the Events Centre.“One of the beauties of the Suffolk Show is that it provides for shoppers and business people with every conceivable objective. Whether you’re wanting to network, buy the latest piece of agricultural machinery, or find the perfect Suffolk-made decorative accessories for your home, there is something here at the Showground for the two days of the Suffolk Show.”

This year the Show takes place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June at Trinity Park in Ipswich. The Lifestyle Pavilion is situated within the Events Centre at the Show.

For more information about the Show and for tickets visit www.suffolkshow.co.uk.

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