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Consumer confidence looking good

I’m gonna be all serious and business-like today. Worth a read though if you want to put a smile on your chops.

As I write this, the other day I posted a video on Facebook of Donald Trump’s hair in my garden, and today I’m discussing positive consumer confidence. It’s just the way I roll. I’m like a bag of Revels. Put your hand in, you never know what you’re gonna pull out!???

Anyway, serious business head on. Sorry if that’s boring, but I find it interesting and very encouraging, and you might too…

I read a very interesting article in The Times this week about positive consumer optimism despite the cost of living crisis.

Consumers are becoming more likely to spend on big-ticket items, which is great news for The Wonderful World of Woodfarm obviously. Don’t get me wrong, we are nice and busy, and holding our own. But what I think we all need as a nation is a good injection of consumer confidence to turn things around and turn those frowns upside down. It’s my belief that that is up to us lot, as the powers that be aren’t really doing a very good job, are they?

“Despite soaring inflation, according to a closely watched survey, confidence rose, with an improvement in all areas measured in the index by GfK, the market intelligence company. The biggest jump was in expectations for personal finances over the coming year, which rose by eight points. People said they were more likely than in previous months to spend on big-ticket items such as furniture or electrical goods, with the big purchase index at its highest level in a year.” Definitely all good news as far as I can see!

When compared with, say, the weekly shop, a Woodfarm Barns or Barges break is what one might deem a big ticket item. The really interesting thing about all this for me is that years ago, whilst I was setting up and planning all things Woodfarm, I commissioned East of England Tourism to carry out a business case study on my planned new enterprise.

One of the most important takeaways from this for me was that as a nation, we would rather have a holiday than a pay rise. Why? Because it makes us feel good, that’s why! It’s not rocket science! I’ve never forgotten this, and it all dovetails in nicely with this research.

The client strategy director at GfK, Joe Staton said that consumers may have built price rises into their expectations and now felt “more stoic and less desperate because maybe things aren’t as bad as they could be”.

Also in the article, the UK head of consumer markets, retail and leisure for KPMG, Linda Ellett, said: “Consumer confidence continues to climb but still has an upward path ahead to recovery. Appetite for major purchase spending does still exist among two-thirds of consumers with savings, but unlocking that spend will be dependent on whether and when essential costs stabilise or fall.”

So all in all, I think that’s some pretty good vibrations coming from the people in the know! As I say, we are busy, but I just get the feeling we all want the future to look a little brighter as 2023 progresses.

Interestingly I think this mood ties in with another piece I wrote about consumer confidence recently on our Blog Pages so do take a look at that if you’re in the mood. This serious stuff does tend to appear on our Blogs.

Featured image by Artem Beliaikin

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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