Trade sizzles in barbecue summer 2013

SALES SIZZLE: Nick Richer with the sausages that are selling so fast for our barbecues. Photo: SG280813-223NG
SALES SIZZLE: Nick Richer with the sausages that are selling so fast for our barbecues. Photo: SG280813-223NG
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The sizzling barbecue summer of 2013 is driving up sales at shops and businesses across South Holland.

Crowds were out in force over the Bank Holiday weekend and butchers and pubs were among those enjoying the good times.

Spalding Punchbowl pub landlord Pete Williams said: “August Bank Holiday Monday was the best we’ve had in a long time.

“It’s been an amazing summer.”

The pub’s summer barbecues have been packed but people have been partying at home too and Spalding butchers George Adams are celebrating a big boost in sales.

Adams general manager Nick Richer said: “It’s been a very, very good barbecue summer – our sausage sales are up and continue to be up. Lamb is going very well, lamb is a good seller for us, and also Lincoln Red beef.”

Sausage sales for the barbie are at least double those of rain-soaked 2012 and are up even on a normal summer.

The Mermaid pub at Surfleet has opened its outdoor bar ten times this year – compared to four last year – and landlady Karen Swindells says more people than ever are going out to enjoy themselves in the lovely weather.

Phil Scarlett, president of Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, said retailers have reported a surge in sales in the summer, having either a strong July or August.

He said the Bank of England is urging caution about the boost in sales nationally because “it’s very small percentages”, but it is going in the right direction.

“It depends what kind of retailer you are,” he said. “It really comes down to what you are selling.”