Expat shopkeepers keeping high streets alive

Beverley Hindle has ambitious plans

French high streets are in a similar position to British counterparts – battling the tide of out-of-town developments and big supermarkets – but that has not stopped entrepreneurial Britons from diving in. Gillian Harvey learns more

I stayed local with my shop as people here are so supportive

Beverley Hindle, 53, La Belle Maison
Allemans-du-Dropt, Lot-et-Garonne

When Beverley moved to France with her three children – twins aged nine and a son aged 11 – in 2010, running a business was the last thing on her mind.
“I bought a holiday home in France and decided to come over for a year to experience the French way of life,” she said. “When the year was up, the kids asked if we could stay – and here we are!”
A few months later, Beverley, 53, bought a business from a friend who was moving away after a break-up. “She was selling a business, dealing in Little Greene paint, and I went to the auction to support her, but ended up investing!”
With little French and no desire to grow the business, Beverley sold the ...

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