These take all different shapes and sizes offering different products and services. It is fantastic seeing lots of these business recognised with different awards with many now looking to upsize as they become more established. It is also great seeing the value they add and greater engagement from surrounding communities.
Small, local and independent businesses play a hugely important role in town centres and communities across the UK. Over the past 15 months we have seen an increase in independent businesses looking to open up, a testament to the creative and entrepreneurial culture in the UK. Particularly as the growth of digital retail platforms allows occupiers to scale up their business from retail units.
We love working with small businesses, the people involved and helping them establish their business in our centres. We urge you to shop local to support these business and if you are considering opening a business, do get in touch if you want advice or to take space in any of our centres.
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