AN INTERIOR design shop in Barnstaple is the latest business to sign up to a scheme which gives discounts to people who shop locally.
Former Titanic film set designer David Thompson runs Cool Calm Collected with his partner Andrew Short.
David said he was happy to have joined the Bliss scheme – in association with the Journal – which rewards people who regularly buy from independent shops.
David said Cool Calm Collected, which offers lamps, mirrors and other home products, is a “very nice, interior-led shop”.
He said the products in the shop were very much guided by his own taste, “modern English country house”.
He said: “We try to bring things to the shop which aren’t easy to find in this part of the world.”
David said people in North Devon could do more to support independent businesses.
“Barnstaple is a nice, interesting town,” he said.
“People need to support independent businesses or there won’t be any.”
The former Londoner, who worked as set designer on Titanic, urged people to shop on their local streets rather than in front of their laptops.
He said: “There are always going to be people who are strapped for cash – I understand that – but I think people shop a lot online these days.
“I think it’s a matter of exploring your town and enjoying what’s there.”
David said he did not regret leaving his film career for a life in North Devon.
“We wanted to move from London and I was sick of the film industry and always being away,” he said.
“Titanic was fabulous but at the end of it I thought ‘It’s time to hang up my boots and do something else’.
“We have a collection of the most fabulous customers.
“They’re great to talk to and get to know – people have that little more time to talk to you.”
For more information, visit www.barnstaple.co.uk.
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