I headed to Northwich Town Centre recently to talk to small businesses about some of the challenges they’re facing.
During the visit I joined the Northwich BID team as well as local councilors Andrew Cooper and Sam Naylor to mark Small Business Saturday, where we toured local businesses that have recently re-opened following a second national lockdown.
It’s been a difficult few months for our local businesses, I’ve seen this first hand with the amount of casework that’s come into our office with people needing help to access urgent financial support, but also seeking clarity over government trading and lockdown regulations.
Hearing first hand the challenges they’re still facing was really inciteful and it’s something I’ll be raising with Ministers as well as local leaders.
Despite the challenges faced by all town centres with regards changing shopping habits and the rise of online retail, Northwich was in a strong position before the pandemic stuck.
“New tenants were moving in to Baron’s Quay and the town centre had been shortlisted for the Rising Star Award in the Great British High Street Awards for the second year running.
“So now that vaccines are being rolled out and we’ve hopefully turned a corner in this pandemic, I firmly believe Northwich is in a very strong position to bounce back quickly. Northwich people are rightly and famously proud of their town and I know they will support their town centre and shop local wherever possible.”