Lights On and Late Night Shopping for two Wantage Christmas Thursdays plus ‘Free Fridays’ December parking

late-night-shoppingWantage shoppers can enjoy the special atmosphere of Christmas Lights-lit late night shopping on two Thursdays this December, plus free parking Fridays.

Many of the town centre’s independents plus a number of nationals will open late for the two evenings in an initiative supported by Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team.

They’ll run on Thursday December 8th and Thursday December 15th, with shops and cafes staying open until 8pm. Continue reading

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The GBHighSt Awards 2016 – Banbury town centre

gbhs-editable-poster-city-2016Efforts to boost Banbury town centre will go under the spotlight as part of a search for the best examples of work to stimulate Britain’s high streets.

Cherwell District Council’s economic development team has entered Banbury for the Large Market Town category of the Great British High Street Awards. The winners will be announced this December. Continue reading

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Adding another town to those we’re working in

logo captureStart-up and growing independent retailers will get a chance to trial a shop in Swindon town centre for a short period under a new scheme launched today, which helps to overcome one of the biggest barriers to empty shop units being let. Continue reading

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Wallingford Pop Up Shop project update

Sew Very VintageThree retailers who were drawn together by the Wallingford pop up shop project have opened their own permanent shop in the town.

Hayley Shaw, Madeleine Tanner, and Devon Masters have opened a vintage fashion, accessories and crafts shop together under a joint brand name, Sew Very Vintage, at 10 St Mary’s Street Wallingford. After successfully running their individual businesses from one of the town’s pop up shops at 29 High Street, they decided to continue to work as a joint venture in a long term shop of their own. Continue reading

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Our Oxfordshire High Streets Conference

Working together for stronger town centres Agenda final webThe people and projects that are at the heart of work to strengthen Oxfordshire’s town centre economies are the focus of a conference in July.

The Oxfordshire High Streets Conference will bring together people working on town centre vitality projects, retailers, business group representatives, and councillors and council economic development teams.

They’ll share ideas and experiences of town centre vitality initiatives, and hear from the conference’s keynote speaker, Cathy Parker, Professor of Retail, Place and Consumer Change at Manchester Met University and lead investigator for the acclaimed study on town centres issues, High Street UK2020 http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news-items/4105/

Called “Working Together for Stronger Town Centres”, the conference is on Monday July 4th at the John Paul II Centre in Bicester, and is a joint venture between Oxfordshire-based town centres specialists, Flashop UK Ltd, and national consultancy, The People and Places Partnership. The conference is being supported by Cherwell District Council as part of its focus on town centre vitality issues in Banbury and Bicester, and the village centre in Kidlington.

Attendance at the conference is by invitation.

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Town Team films series spotlights places to eat and drink in Wantage and Grove

Panni StillThe range of great places to eat and drink in Wantage and Grove are showcased in a new series of short films that give residents and visitors an insight into the choices available locally.

There are seven short films in the new series – two on eating out, focusing on restaurants, three on pubs and bars, and two on cafés. It’s a chance to hear from many of the people who own and run local food and drink venues, and get an idea of the range of food, drink and entertainment that’s available. Continue reading

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Are you keen to take your business into a shop in Wallingford town centre?

hs-masterheadFor The Herald newspaper series April 2016

You may have traded until now online, or at markets and trade fairs, or you may be established in another town and looking at Wallingford next. If your business adds to the retail mix we have already, we’d be very interested in talking to you about our pop up shop project. Continue reading

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Banbury Old Town Spring Party 2016

Spring Poster 16 FinalMore than 25 independent businesses and community organisations from around Banbury town centre will take their trade and talents out onto the streets for the Old Town Spring Party on Saturday 7 May.

Independent shops, cafes, pubs, and restaurants will be adding to the party spirit by trading outside on the day along Parsons Street, Church Lane, Church Walk and into White Lion Walk, High Street and Market Place. Continue reading

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New Wallingford pop up shop open for business

emma cooper oscar, max photo 2An online children’s clothing retailer is the first to market-test its business in Wallingford’s latest pop up shop.

Run by a mum to two children, Emma Cooper, Mon Petit Oscar – www.monpetitoscar.com – specialise in clothes and shoes for newborns through to 7 year olds, and offers change bags, accessories and gifts. Continue reading

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Long-time empty shops

So another positive High Streets story (empty shop numbers at their lowest since December ’09) is diminished by being tied to another about long term empties (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/12147104/Shop-vacancies-fall-to-six-year-low-but-dry-January-drags-on-sales.html).
Is it time for a more detailed study of these empties to separate those which are like that because of a lack of demand versus those impacted by supply side factors?
My question is: can we explore what proportion of the long time empty units have one or more of the following characteristics: Continue reading

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