The regeneration of Gainsborough is creating a ‘buzz’ as five new shops have opened for businesses in the town centre.
The developments have been welcomed by traders and councillors alike, who are all eager to work together to get more people supporting local businesses.
All Seasons florist has moved into its new home in Lord Street along with Whizz Kids children’s clothes shop.
Ethical Clothing Outlet has opened up in Church Street and All Occassions has set up shop in Trinity Street.
And Eezy Home furniture store, which has shops in Scunthorpe and Grimsby, has opened a shop on Market Street.
Neil Stevenson, who owns Ethical Clothing Outlet, said it was an exciting time for the town.
“The more that we can do for the town the better, and seeing new shops opening up is really positive.”
Gainsborough town manager Samantha Dodd said people are starting to see positive changes happening.
“It’s really good news to hear that Gainsborough is attracting new business start-ups, and it’s creating a bit of a buzz locally among the business community,” she said.
“Since starting the role as town manager I have listened to what businesses want and we have a plan of action to deliver it.”
“We’re already organising more events, town centre activities and markets. Plus we are producing marketing material which will attract more footfall into the town.”
“All of this activity is creating a positive trading environment which is proving attractive to start-up businesses.”
Research from the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce QES survey shows that business optimism is at its highest level for six years.
“I think all of these factors put together may help explain why we are seeing business growth in Gainsborough,” added Samantha.
Coun Malcolm Parish, chair of the West Lindsey District Council’s prosperous communities committee, welcomed the businesses on behalf of the council.
“We are continuing to explore ways in which we can improve what Gainsborough and in particular the town centre has to offer,” he said.
“We’ve had some great successes recently in the market place – including the coronation event and independents’ day. Footfall is improving and we’re looking into more events and different markets for people to enjoy – including a new food festival on 21st September to showcase the best of Lincolnshire.”
“The work that was recently completed on Market Street and our free parking scheme has been well received and we’re working to improve the general market through offers for new traders.”
“The regeneration of Gainsborough is vital and we want to do our best for the town,” he added.
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