North Walsham traders unveil plans to attract visitors back into town centre

Traders Paul Oakes and Rebecca Shaw show maps created by Ms Shaw to highlight independent shops in t

Traders Paul Oakes and Rebecca Shaw show maps created by Ms Shaw to highlight independent shops in the town. Picture: Bob Wright - Credit: Bob Wright

While many market towns have suffered a decline in footfall due in part to the rise in internet shopping, businesses in one community are aiming to buck the trend.

Traders in North Walsham have devised a five-point plan in a bid to attract more visitors to the town centre.

Around 20 shops have signed up to the shop local campaign by the Independent Shops in North Walsham Group.

They have produced maps highlighting what each shop has to offer which are being placed at tourist hotspots throughout the summer to bring visitors into the market centre.

The group also plans to harness the enthusiasm of the town's retail businesses to continue the campaign of self-improvement.


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Bob Wright, from the group, said: 'We still have much to do but the initiative in spotting opportunities and taking action is clearly heading the town's fortunes in a better direction.'

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