I set up Barrington Ayre Shirtmaker & Tailor in Cirencester as the classic English look and feel of a beautiful little Market Town fitted wonderfully with our English made tailoring. My customers who don’t live locally love coming to visit us here (apart from the parking that is!), as they love sitting in our wood panelled showroom looking out over the Market Place. The Town means a great deal to me as it was where my children were born and where we live and after having a slightly nomadic life before finally settling down it really is home to us all.
The local community is also incredibly special and I play 6 a side football locally as well as being a very keen cricketer playing for Rodmarton. I am incredibly lucky to also have a very loyal customer base locally and many of my customers have become friends who I see on a social basis. I try and use as many local companies as I can in my business life and our website is run and supported by a local firm as well as my PR company also living in Cirencester. I was lucky enough to win The Cirencester Ambassador of the Year Award last Year as well as Barrington Ayre winning Business of The Year at The Cirencester Business Awards and this is something we are very proud of. I try to shout about how great Cirencester is as much as I can and really want to put Cirencester on the map as a real home for fine tailoring and a true alternative to Savile Row.
I love Cirencester but do worry that with the Town struggling to cope at the moment with the parking requirements and infrastructure needs, the recent proposals to seemingly build houses on every spare piece of land as well as the enormous proposed development at Chesterton, we don’t look back on Cirencester in years to come and realise what a beautiful place it once was when it is too late.