It is unusual to hear about any shop – let alone an independent one – doing well.
Jon Tolley, owner of the store, put their success down to the staff. He said: “It’s the whole vibe that we’re a gang of music fans running a music company. We’re people who go to gigs and put on parties – we’re a record label and a lot more.”
Independent record stores
There are now fewer than 300 independent record stores compared to over 900 seven years ago.
Christmas is a profitable time for the shop, but other music-themed annual events like Record Store Day and Black Friday are even better.
“In recent years, Record Store Day has been busier than Christmas. We might take a month’s worth of mail order overnight,” said Mr Tolley.
Banquet Records have a seasonal Advent Calendar, with prizes to be won in December until Christmas Eve. Go to www.banquetrecords.com/xmas for more details.