Shop-owner says redevelopment work in Bromley North has caused his business to close down

Bromley shop-owner says business is closing down blames redevelopment work in Bromley North

Bromley shop-owner says business is closing down blames redevelopment work in Bromley North

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A BROMLEY shop-owner says his business will close because redevelopment work in Bromley North has resulted in a significant drop in customers.

Mark van der Hoogenband has owned The Ink Company in Bromley High Street since July 2007.

The business was a successful one, and the 42-year-old was even considering opening another store.

Redevelopment work initially began in August but was delayed until January following issues with water pipes.

Father-of-two Mr van der Hoogenband said: "When the works started last August they closed off half of the road.

"The closure of the road caused a drop in sales compared with previous years of around 25 per cent.

"They closed the road again in January and we have seen a massive drop in sales.

"Compared with January last year we are 20 per cent down."

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Mr van der Hoogenband, from Woking, says the works mean there are no buses going past the shop and fewer people are coming in.

The road will be closed to buses until early next year.

He said: "If we ask customers how you find us, they say they were driving past, they were walking past, most of the time they say we saw you from the bus."

A former treasurer of Bromley North Traders Association, Mr van der Hoogenband says last trading day for the Ink Company will be February 26.

He added: "I can understand why the renovations are happening but I don't understand why it is going on for such a long time.

"Last Tuesday I went past and there were two people there. On Thursday there were no people there. On Friday there were two people there. How do they expect to get anything done?

"I employ one sale assistant three times a week and he is going to lose his job."

Regular customer Jo Dufranes, 50, of Homesdale Road said: "I feel it is terrible because he is a successful business.

"He has excellent service, the best customer service I have ever experienced.

"The council are killing off the businesses."

Vice Chair of Bromley North Traders Association Tonina Hoang said: "I know Mark's business was perfectly viable before the works, in fact he had plans for expansion.

"As a Traders Association we are disappointed the impact has been so great. And it has been so drawn out.

"I know of other businesses that are closing, others are on the brink. It is a case that the council need to hold the contractors accountable for their work."

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Leader of the Council Stephen Carr said: "We are of course sympathetic whenever we hear of a business closing its doors.

"The Council is committed to ensuring the vitality of Bromley North Village which is precisely why we are carrying out the £5.5 million scheme to enhance the public realm, boost footfall and encourage new businesses to the area, following significant consultation with local businesses.

"The next stage of work in Market Square, East Street and the High Street is well underway and on schedule despite the recent weather.

"This comes at a time when all other towns across the country have felt the effects of a changing High Street and unprecedented financial pressures, so we all need to work closely together to ensure the future of our High Streets and town centres."

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10:20am Tue 18 Feb 14

Techvedic says...

Counsel must understand the demand of the Traders Association and community there and act sympathetically. At times, development project may not be able to satisfy all, people should also bear this in mind. (Editor, Techvedic)
Counsel must understand the demand of the Traders Association and community there and act sympathetically. At times, development project may not be able to satisfy all, people should also bear this in mind. (Editor, Techvedic) Techvedic
  • Score: -1

11:00am Tue 18 Feb 14

Boris bighead says...

council don't give a toss, all they want is your money.
council don't give a toss, all they want is your money. Boris bighead
  • Score: 19

11:01am Tue 18 Feb 14

bnorther says...

I bought some Ink from this shop once. It was fine. But then I realised it was very expensive, and ordered online for less than 1/2 the price from the internet, same brand.

So is it the road works, or just that people have begun to realise how expensive retail printer ink is, and seek alternatives elsewhere?
I bought some Ink from this shop once. It was fine. But then I realised it was very expensive, and ordered online for less than 1/2 the price from the internet, same brand. So is it the road works, or just that people have begun to realise how expensive retail printer ink is, and seek alternatives elsewhere? bnorther
  • Score: 22

11:09am Tue 18 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

bnorther wrote:
I bought some Ink from this shop once. It was fine. But then I realised it was very expensive, and ordered online for less than 1/2 the price from the internet, same brand.

So is it the road works, or just that people have begun to realise how expensive retail printer ink is, and seek alternatives elsewhere?
You hit the nail right on the head. That's why most high streets are dying and will die even more.
[quote][p][bold]bnorther[/bold] wrote: I bought some Ink from this shop once. It was fine. But then I realised it was very expensive, and ordered online for less than 1/2 the price from the internet, same brand. So is it the road works, or just that people have begun to realise how expensive retail printer ink is, and seek alternatives elsewhere?[/p][/quote]You hit the nail right on the head. That's why most high streets are dying and will die even more. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -36

11:54am Tue 18 Feb 14

the wall says...

It's Alan Carr's brother.
It's Alan Carr's brother. the wall
  • Score: -52

12:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Eagles_Man says...

Selling printer ink from a shop is a dying business model. If he was planning to expand then he would have been throwing good money down the drain. Sounds like the council is doing him a favour.
Selling printer ink from a shop is a dying business model. If he was planning to expand then he would have been throwing good money down the drain. Sounds like the council is doing him a favour. Eagles_Man
  • Score: 18

1:08pm Tue 18 Feb 14

cherithporter says...

How sad.
How sad. cherithporter
  • Score: 10

2:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Eagles_Man wrote:
Selling printer ink from a shop is a dying business model. If he was planning to expand then he would have been throwing good money down the drain. Sounds like the council is doing him a favour.
I hate to have to agree with this comment, but it seems Eagles_Man is right. Only this week my husband has gone berserk buying from the Internet, as it has worked out so much cheaper than buying through the high street shops, plus, deliveries are virtually next day, whereas, with some shops/companies you have to wait anything up to six weeks for a delivery if you cannot pick the item up yourself, then there is the parking of course - Non existent nowadays or ripped off by local councils charges/fines.
Unfortunately, greedy councils, have made sure that shop rates and parking rates have out done the decent high street shops into non existence now, which is a shame,because all you now are food shops, charity shops and local mini supermarkets left, and so many of them too. Who needs all that?
[quote][p][bold]Eagles_Man[/bold] wrote: Selling printer ink from a shop is a dying business model. If he was planning to expand then he would have been throwing good money down the drain. Sounds like the council is doing him a favour.[/p][/quote]I hate to have to agree with this comment, but it seems Eagles_Man is right. Only this week my husband has gone berserk buying from the Internet, as it has worked out so much cheaper than buying through the high street shops, plus, deliveries are virtually next day, whereas, with some shops/companies you have to wait anything up to six weeks for a delivery if you cannot pick the item up yourself, then there is the parking of course - Non existent nowadays or ripped off by local councils charges/fines. Unfortunately, greedy councils, have made sure that shop rates and parking rates have out done the decent high street shops into non existence now, which is a shame,because all you now are food shops, charity shops and local mini supermarkets left, and so many of them too. Who needs all that? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 22

3:09pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Invicta58 says...

Just a few years ago Bromley Council wasted £2.2m similarly wrecking Orpington High Street. Followed by bed-fellows Bexley Council wasting around £3.5m “regenerating” the Broadway. Now Bromley are wasting £5.5m on Bromley North. In every case these dubious vanity projects were supposed to enhance the public realm, boost footfall and encourage new businesses to the area but all indications show the objectives were not met.

See a pattern here? It’s just a merry go round of ever increasing spending in a desperate attempt to leap frog the last town centre. The only winners are FM Conways who must be laughing all the way to the bank.

When you see Council Tax soaring by the maximum possible amount without requiring a public referendum at least know you know why.
Just a few years ago Bromley Council wasted £2.2m similarly wrecking Orpington High Street. Followed by bed-fellows Bexley Council wasting around £3.5m “regenerating” the Broadway. Now Bromley are wasting £5.5m on Bromley North. In every case these dubious vanity projects were supposed to enhance the public realm, boost footfall and encourage new businesses to the area but all indications show the objectives were not met. See a pattern here? It’s just a merry go round of ever increasing spending in a desperate attempt to leap frog the last town centre. The only winners are FM Conways who must be laughing all the way to the bank. When you see Council Tax soaring by the maximum possible amount without requiring a public referendum at least know you know why. Invicta58
  • Score: 23

5:06pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sarflondonturd says.. "Only this week my husband has gone berserk"

Living with you he has my sympathy poor barstard.
sarflondonturd says.. "Only this week my husband has gone berserk" Living with you he has my sympathy poor barstard. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -47

7:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

danm5577 says...

Tesco is cheaper.
And im sure if his shop was that good then his customers would still come back regardless if the road is closed, after all you can't park there.
Sad tho that he and his staff are loosing thier jobs.
Tesco is cheaper. And im sure if his shop was that good then his customers would still come back regardless if the road is closed, after all you can't park there. Sad tho that he and his staff are loosing thier jobs. danm5577
  • Score: 12

10:21pm Tue 18 Feb 14

The Ink Company (Bromley) says...

It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood.

But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds:
Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop.

One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum".

There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore".

And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...
It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours... The Ink Company (Bromley)
  • Score: 11

12:35am Wed 19 Feb 14

molsey says...

The Ink Company (Bromley) wrote:
It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood.

But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds:
Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop.

One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum".

There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore".

And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...
Too cocky and clever by half, no wonder your'e closing down.

You could always try your luck selling Tulips to Amsterdam.
[quote][p][bold]The Ink Company (Bromley)[/bold] wrote: It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...[/p][/quote]Too cocky and clever by half, no wonder your'e closing down. You could always try your luck selling Tulips to Amsterdam. molsey
  • Score: -20

10:46am Wed 19 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting Mark van den Hoogenband.
Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting Mark van den Hoogenband. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -28

10:57am Wed 19 Feb 14

the wall says...

The Ink Company (Bromley) wrote:
It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood.

But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds:
Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop.

One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum".

There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore".

And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...
There is a English saying coming to my mind when reading your comment here. No one like's a c0ck sure smart arse.
[quote][p][bold]The Ink Company (Bromley)[/bold] wrote: It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...[/p][/quote]There is a English saying coming to my mind when reading your comment here. No one like's a c0ck sure smart arse. the wall
  • Score: -26

12:56pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Slonik says...

Invicta58 wrote:
Just a few years ago Bromley Council wasted £2.2m similarly wrecking Orpington High Street. Followed by bed-fellows Bexley Council wasting around £3.5m “regenerating” the Broadway. Now Bromley are wasting £5.5m on Bromley North. In every case these dubious vanity projects were supposed to enhance the public realm, boost footfall and encourage new businesses to the area but all indications show the objectives were not met.

See a pattern here? It’s just a merry go round of ever increasing spending in a desperate attempt to leap frog the last town centre. The only winners are FM Conways who must be laughing all the way to the bank.

When you see Council Tax soaring by the maximum possible amount without requiring a public referendum at least know you know why.
Yup. Somehow I doubt Bromley North will be an enduring monument to be proud of or revitalise the area. Still no proper answers about the costly and ongoing shambles in Orpington High Street. Even the 'remedial' works have been rubbish and all the rainfall has nicely highlighted the poor state of the footpaths, drainage, blockwork etc. I guess our glorious leaders are hoping that it'll all be forgotten in time but we mustn't let that happen. When the Bromley North works are finally finished, it'll be interesting to see if anything was learned from the massive waste of money which they presided over in Orpington and which still isn't satisfactorily resolved.
[quote][p][bold]Invicta58[/bold] wrote: Just a few years ago Bromley Council wasted £2.2m similarly wrecking Orpington High Street. Followed by bed-fellows Bexley Council wasting around £3.5m “regenerating” the Broadway. Now Bromley are wasting £5.5m on Bromley North. In every case these dubious vanity projects were supposed to enhance the public realm, boost footfall and encourage new businesses to the area but all indications show the objectives were not met. See a pattern here? It’s just a merry go round of ever increasing spending in a desperate attempt to leap frog the last town centre. The only winners are FM Conways who must be laughing all the way to the bank. When you see Council Tax soaring by the maximum possible amount without requiring a public referendum at least know you know why.[/p][/quote]Yup. Somehow I doubt Bromley North will be an enduring monument to be proud of or revitalise the area. Still no proper answers about the costly and ongoing shambles in Orpington High Street. Even the 'remedial' works have been rubbish and all the rainfall has nicely highlighted the poor state of the footpaths, drainage, blockwork etc. I guess our glorious leaders are hoping that it'll all be forgotten in time but we mustn't let that happen. When the Bromley North works are finally finished, it'll be interesting to see if anything was learned from the massive waste of money which they presided over in Orpington and which still isn't satisfactorily resolved. Slonik
  • Score: 11

1:57pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarflondonturd says.. "Only this week my husband has gone berserk"

Living with you he has my sympathy poor barstard.
Thank you I shall pass your sympathies on to him, I am quite sure you are correct in your assumptions and just to update you ignoramus .....he is no **** as he has a mother and father, unlike you, nobody knows nor understands where you have come from.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: sarflondonturd says.. "Only this week my husband has gone berserk" Living with you he has my sympathy poor barstard.[/p][/quote]Thank you I shall pass your sympathies on to him, I am quite sure you are correct in your assumptions and just to update you ignoramus .....he is no **** as he has a mother and father, unlike you, nobody knows nor understands where you have come from. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 27

7:16pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting !


THanK yoU
sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting ! THanK yoU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -40

11:25pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting !


THanK yoU
And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting ! THanK yoU[/p][/quote]And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 17

11:25pm Wed 19 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting !


THanK yoU
And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting ! THanK yoU[/p][/quote]And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 16

12:06am Thu 20 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Joe boi said thank you sarflondonturd.
Joe boi said thank you sarflondonturd. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -22

10:39am Thu 20 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting !


THanK yoU
And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way.
Typical !

12.06 what were you doing in my office when you should have been working ?
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting ! THanK yoU[/p][/quote]And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way.[/p][/quote]Typical ! 12.06 what were you doing in my office when you should have been working ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -25

12:53pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Bimembris says...

The Ink Company (Bromley) wrote:
It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...
The high street has been hit hard by internet shopping for a number of years now. People dont have to hack into your computers to see your figures. Companies house shows that the March 2013 accounts report a balance sheet reduction of 70% from 62k to 20k implying a loss, negative assets if 15k, fixed asstes recorded as negative £11k and cash down from £42k to £13k do maybe not completely down to the council then?
[quote][p][bold]The Ink Company (Bromley)[/bold] wrote: It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...[/p][/quote]The high street has been hit hard by internet shopping for a number of years now. People dont have to hack into your computers to see your figures. Companies house shows that the March 2013 accounts report a balance sheet reduction of 70% from 62k to 20k implying a loss, negative assets if 15k, fixed asstes recorded as negative £11k and cash down from £42k to £13k do maybe not completely down to the council then? Bimembris
  • Score: 8

11:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

Looks like Mark will just have to do with living above his former ink shop now remembering what once was as he peers through his cigarette coated nets at the gloomy street below.

Best he get up to the doll office and sign on with the rest of the local riff raff.
Looks like Mark will just have to do with living above his former ink shop now remembering what once was as he peers through his cigarette coated nets at the gloomy street below. Best he get up to the doll office and sign on with the rest of the local riff raff. Stop_Whining
  • Score: 1

11:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

PS - arms folded, love it.
PS - arms folded, love it. Stop_Whining
  • Score: 5

6:13am Fri 21 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarfflondonbird wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting !


THanK yoU
And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way.
Typical !

12.06 what were you doing in my office when you should have been working ?
Maudsley seems to be down a patient (or two). It's Ok nurse, Gypo and his alter egos are right here, posting on n.s. Seems like he needs his stronger medication today, Best you hurry and catch him (them) up.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: sarfflondonturd Ik laat een scheet in jouw richting ! THanK yoU[/p][/quote]And arse holes to you too. Thats in English by the way.[/p][/quote]Typical ! 12.06 what were you doing in my office when you should have been working ?[/p][/quote]Maudsley seems to be down a patient (or two). It's Ok nurse, Gypo and his alter egos are right here, posting on n.s. Seems like he needs his stronger medication today, Best you hurry and catch him (them) up. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 11

6:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bigginhillbilly says...

If you are going to open another store, what better time! You can transfer all your staff and stock over at no extra expense........or you could sit back and blame someone else.
If you are going to open another store, what better time! You can transfer all your staff and stock over at no extra expense........or you could sit back and blame someone else. Bigginhillbilly
  • Score: 6

7:16pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Marty1979 says...

Bimembris wrote:
The Ink Company (Bromley) wrote:
It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...
The high street has been hit hard by internet shopping for a number of years now. People dont have to hack into your computers to see your figures. Companies house shows that the March 2013 accounts report a balance sheet reduction of 70% from 62k to 20k implying a loss, negative assets if 15k, fixed asstes recorded as negative £11k and cash down from £42k to £13k do maybe not completely down to the council then?
Are people making a journey to Bromley just to visit this shop & buy cartridges? Somehow I doubt it

If they have such a loyal customer base the people would combine a visit to the shop when in Bromley, there are lots of places they can park so the roadworks wouldn't put them off

Normally printer cartridges are a "distress" purchase, printer runs out so need to get another quickly. Somewhere link Tesco or Sainsburys (near this outlet) would stock them - probably cheaper, with convenient parking and open longer hours

I'm sorry that a shop is closing, but don't blame the council
[quote][p][bold]Bimembris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Ink Company (Bromley)[/bold] wrote: It is most interesting to read some of the comments regarding the reasons why The Ink Company is closing; not real reasons though, but reasons originating from the fantasy of some, respectively an extrapolation of a personal experience or opinion. Not based on facts and figures. Or if they are based on facts and figures then how were these facts and figures obtained? Did someone hack into our computers to have a look into our sales figures? If so the wrong computer has been hacked or the figures were not understood. But I will share a few here for those who would like to sharpen their minds: Since 2010 our monthly sales of ink refills over the years has been very stable: the average deviation of the monthly turnover has been 8.8%. Recently: our ink refills have been 3.39% higher between July 2013 and January 2014 compared to the same period last year. It is understandable that ink refills are stable if one knows that with ink refills customers plan their visit to our shop. One cannot build a business on ink refills only though. Therefore we have also been selling OEM cartridges, laser compatible cartridges, paper, printers, DIY refill kits etc. Since the part closure of the north end of the High Street in Bromley, between August and October 2013, it has been the sale of these groups of products that dropped significantly (24 - 37%). After the road part opened again at the end of October sales figures improved and when High Street North closed again in January 2014, they dropped. Is there no causal relationship here? I am not sure that we can count on the statistical skills of some people on this "forum". There was a Dutch saying coming to my mind when reading some of the comments here. I will share it with you: "the best helmsmen are on the shore". And oh, my name is Mark van den Hoogenband, owner of The Ink Company, tel. 0208 4669 662. Sorry, I didn't get yours...[/p][/quote]The high street has been hit hard by internet shopping for a number of years now. People dont have to hack into your computers to see your figures. Companies house shows that the March 2013 accounts report a balance sheet reduction of 70% from 62k to 20k implying a loss, negative assets if 15k, fixed asstes recorded as negative £11k and cash down from £42k to £13k do maybe not completely down to the council then?[/p][/quote]Are people making a journey to Bromley just to visit this shop & buy cartridges? Somehow I doubt it If they have such a loyal customer base the people would combine a visit to the shop when in Bromley, there are lots of places they can park so the roadworks wouldn't put them off Normally printer cartridges are a "distress" purchase, printer runs out so need to get another quickly. Somewhere link Tesco or Sainsburys (near this outlet) would stock them - probably cheaper, with convenient parking and open longer hours I'm sorry that a shop is closing, but don't blame the council Marty1979
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