Town centre celebrates another small business success

Published Tuesday, 6th May 2014
Anniversary of Dawn's Inks
(L-R) Markets Co-Ordinator Amanda Dawson, Dawn Ordish and Rotherham Markets Manager Robin Lambert

A business that began life as a “little acorn” market stall is now celebrating ten years of successful trading in Rotherham.

Dawn Ordish, proprietor of Dawn's Inks, now sells printer inks and other computer consumables from her Howard Street shop after expanding her business from a smaller location within Rotherham’s Markets.

"When I started out ten years ago my friends said the business would never pay for itself and Rotherham town centre was dead," said Dawn. "With this in mind I took a small unit in the market and then within 18 months had moved up to Eastwood Lane due to demand for our services.

"Markets Manager, Robin Lambert, and the markets team have always been there to support me and along with the town centre team have helped along the way to build my business.

"The Eastwood Lane shop turned into another stepping stone to then move my business premises into our current location at Howard Street, where we have been able to offer much more to our customers, including an internet cafe.

"At times the decision to start the business and to expand has been super scary, but they have been the best decisions ever. I would urge anybody with a passion to start their own business to not be scared and go for it.

"From little acorns we have come a long way and certainly proved any doubters wrong."

The Council’s Markets Manager, Robin Lambert, added: "We’d like to congratulate Dawn on her ten years trading with us in and around the markets here in Rotherham.

"We have a number of loyal traders such as Dawn that are the lifeblood of the markets and have helped us become such a fixture for the people of Rotherham."

As Mary Portas discovered during her recent visit, Dawn’s Inks is just one of many retail success stories in Rotherham.

The past three years have seen encouraging increases in the footfall figures within Rotherham, with an overall 13 per cent uplift in shopper numbers.

This has been during a time when many equivalent sized UK towns have seen trade decreasing.

Rotherham has also seen a decrease in empty shops on key shopping streets to just 11 per cent and over 85 new businesses have opened in the town centre since 2010.