As a company director I think it is always important to support and promote local businesses, especially those who go the extra mile. Relationship building on a business to business or business to customer level is something to which I pay close attention – especially if I am the customer. When I rekindled my passion for angling I started to make my tackle purchases online, but being unfamiliar with current products, methods and the area, I felt the need for a more personal and experienced touch.
Living on the Isle of Wight for 18 years of my life I was familiar with basic tackle shops and hearing “nope, but we can order it”. I happened across the Exeter Angling Centre during my University years while exploring the city between lectures and my first visit was somewhat overwhelming, an impressive range of rods, reels, tackle, bait, clothing and accessories across two floors. Although at the time I didn’t actually purchase anything I still remembered the shop 10 years on.
After picking up a few floats, split-shot and hooks I began to draw on the shop’s expertise. Unlike tackle shops I had frequented in the past the team at Exeter Angling were all very willing to help. Their honest advice and local knowledge has been extremely valuable when fishing unfamiliar locations. Notably a quick explanation on how to use a new fox bolt rig resulted in a 20lb common carp on the bank, I couldn’t believe it.
I spend a lot of time online – and like many I assumed that prices online would always be better. The Exeter Angling Centre have always offered me competitive pricing consistently beating or matching online prices. I shudder to think how much money I have spent over the past couple of years but the competitively priced products and local knowledge makes it impossible to spend my money elsewhere.
I just wish Jim would order me that Wychwood Truefly cap…..
The Exeter Angling Centre offer a price matching service, please check out their website for more information – http://www.exeterangling.co.uk
I should be paid to write this sort of thing!
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