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Traders unite in bid to revitalise Acomb
TRADERS in Acomb have established a new association to help attract people to shop in their part of York.
The Acomb Alive campaign has been set up in response to concerns from residents that the area needed a boost to bring it back to the levels that other parts of the city currently enjoy.
A mix of businesses met to discuss ideas on how to bring more commerce to the area, improve co-operation between local businesses, and put on events to promote shopping in the Front Street area.
Trevor Fenwick, chairman of Gillygate Traders, and David Cox, from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), who had been chairman of Fossgate Traders for six years, were guest speakers at the event, which was arranged by former council leader Andrew Waller, and Sue Hunter of Floral Elegance.
They supported ideas of promoting the area by pooling advertising spend and agreed to share expertise on the best deals for energy and other supplies. They also agreed that being part of the national FSB campaign for “keeping trade local” would be helpful.
The traders intend to have a tidy up in the first week of December to encourage improvement to the appearance of shops and their displays in the run-up to Christmas. They will also hold events early next year to bring activity to the whole Front Street area.
Sue Hunter said: “It was a very positive meeting, and the support of traders for an Acomb Traders’ Association is encouraging everone to work together for the benefit of all. We hope that local residents will see what we are doing and give us their support. Some traders have been here for decades showing their commitment to Acomb, but there are concerns about high rents, and the knock-on effect that this has on business rates.”
They also voiced concerns over the recent changes in bus routes, which have disrupted the even distribution of customers to the area, and the group agreed to take up the issue with the council and bus companies.
The group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, November 20 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Acomb Gateway Centre on Front Street.