Horsham among UK's most resilient high streets

Market - December 1st 2020

As seen in the West Sussex County Times.....

"The town has been listed as ninth in Property Week's exclusive CACI analysis of 100 UK retail locations that have proved most resilient during the Covid-19 crisis.

Horsham is the only place in the South East to make the top 25.

The town continues to attract incoming investment with new outlets set to open in East Street, West Street, Swan Walk and Piries Place and new businesses already opened including West Street's House of Tweed and last weekend's start-up Gwyn's Bakery in Bishopric.

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, councillor Paul Clarke is sure the report will help to boost the town further.

He said: “I am convinced that Horsham and our District’s other market town high streets will bounce back stronger than many other larger centres after the pandemic.

“We are well placed to benefit from the reduction of people commuting out of the area, and are delighted that new independent businesses are stepping forward to fill the gaps left by some national chains, creating just the right ambience for a traditional market town.

“Our work will continue to be directed at supporting and encouraging independent businesses and local employers to make the District a successful place in which to operate.”

Horsham District high streets as a whole have done better than most with the number of new businesses opening this year well into double figures, including a new butchers in Steyning, a fresh pie shop in Cowfold, and a Swedish café and new bakers in Horsham, the council said. Footfall prior to the latest lockdown was returning strongly, with a number of businesses recording strong income albeit from fewer customers"

A feature set to continue and recognised by the council, is the increased importance of click and collect and home delivery options for a broad variety of shops and catering businesses which must now recognise these channels as an essential part of their offer.

The Council’s Buy Local initiatives this winter are focused on supporting purchasing from local independent business across the board online or offline, on the high street or off it"

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