Every little helps!

The effects of inflation on energy costs are hitting everyone hard, not least small businesses like Metfield Stores.

While we wait for news as to if and how the government might help small businesses to survive, Sue and the Board Members have already started implementing plans to cut energy consumption and save money and are exploring avenues to increase our revenue. We are grateful to all our regular customers, as well as to those who come in less frequently, for their support. One suggestion has been to ask customers to try and spend a bit more each week, but we are aware that this might be difficult for many – though it must be said that driving to a nearby town can add to your spend quite considerably.

We’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas that might help, so please email us at metfieldstores@gmail.com.

We are also keen to hear whether there are any additional items we could stock if enough people wanted to buy them on a regular basis. Obviously, if only one person wants something once a month, it’s unlikely to work for us because we often have to buy 6 or 12 of everything at a time. But we are open to suggestions and you will, no doubt, be hearing from us further on this quite soon.

We will keep you updated on our progress but we do already have some GOOD NEWS! The Trustees of Harleston Information Plus, our landlords, have kindly agreed to freeze our rent for one year. We are grateful to them for this gesture. But we still need your help, please!

USAAF relatives visiting Metfield 19 August

19 August: You are invited to come and meet the relatives of USAAF staff stationed in Metfield during the war. See poster below for more details. Copies of Christine Brennan’s book METFIELD Tales From a Suffolk Village 1928–2017 (clck HERE to listen to podcast on book launch) will be on sale in the Village Hall 4.30–5.30pm. Only £5 per copy!

Taking less to give YOU more…

As most of you will know, prices of almost everything have been rising rapidly and, as a small local business, we have to put our prices up accordingly. The costs to us for milk and dairy products, for example, have risen sharply. The big supermarkets are able to weather this and offer items like this as a loss leader. Although we can’t do this across the board, we’ve decided to follow suit on dairy goods and to drop our prices again at this difficult time for everyone.