SOS - Save our Shop and help beat the banning order on our signage

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Sign our petition and help save Real Foods your local independent grocery shop:

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Write to our MP, MSP and local Councillors  – help preserve our signs.

To write to our MP, Mark Lazarowicz

To write to our MSP, Marco Biagi

To write to our local Councillors, Alasdair Rankin, Charles Dundas and Joanna Mowat 

This September Edinburgh City Council served two enforcement notices on Real Foods Broughton Street shop ordering that ALL the signs be removed from our award winning shop front, including our shop opening times notice.

The speed at which they required us to act was a surprise – failure to comply or launch an expensive appeal could have led to a criminal prosecution.

For almost 40 years Real Foods has had a good relationship with the local council and has been endeavouring to support the local community in and around Broughton Street.

Why do we now have to remove all our signs and why is it important to us to preserve our signs?

Without conventional, large shop windows Real Foods has to use other means to attract customers into its shop..

We believe that Real Foods is an important part of the local community and has a lot to offer.

Many Edinburgh locals will remember shopping with their mothers, their grannies and even maybe their great-grannies at Real Foods every year for their Christmas baking ingredients.

People with special dietary needs come to visit Real Foods to benefit from our large range of ‘free-from’ goods – a much larger range than the big multi-nationals can provide.

In the increasingly bleak economic landscape small, independent, local shops are constantly under threat.

Removing all our signs can only increase that threat to Real Foods, its 50 local employees and its many local suppliers, some of which are charities providing meaningful employment to people with special needs.

Please help by using the links provided to send a letter by email to our MP, Mark Lazarowicz, our MSP, Marco Biagi  and local Councillors, Alasdair Rankin, Charles Dundas and Joanna Mowat.

If you are not a constituent in the ward of any of these local Councillors, you might also want to raise the issue with your your own local Councillor as well. The more awareness of our situation that can be raised, the better.

We are also trying to raise awareness and gain support with our petition, so please take a moment to sign it.

To our supporters:

A very very big thank you to those of you who have so far supported us, verbally and writing, it all counts!

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