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We encourage all retailers to take a fresh look at the West of England region and to consider investing here and joining the increasing number of successful retailers opening in this area.
Retail Map: Press Release May 2016
The West of England has a very exciting and wide variety of retail destinations. Great progress has been made in the last decade with much more planned for the future. This sector is striving to appeal to an even wider range of retailers, many of whom have not yet considered this region in their expanison plans.
Key West of England facts
- Key retail locations:
- Bristol Shopping Quarter (Cabot Circus, Broadmead & the Galleries)
- Bath City Centre including Milsom Street and Southgate Centre
- The Mall at Cribbs Causeway
- Sovereign Shopping Centre, Weston-super-Mare
- Many designated centres Bristol and Bath ranked in top 20 UK shopping centres
The overarching ambition is to recognise the important role existing retail provision plays in the local economy, determining our existing strengths and weaknesses, and exploring how we can provide a flourishing integrated holistic approach to meeting retail consumer demands across the West of England functional economic market area.
This will mean acknowledging and nurturing the multi-channel approach – from high street independents/convenience, through large shopping districts to online and other passive channels like mail order and TV.
High Streets in the future can’t just be about selling goods. We have a social responsibility to reinvigorate them to be destinations for socialising, culture, health, wellbeing, creativity and learning, as well as shopping, as recommended by the Mary Portas review.
The mix includes shops but also housing, offices, sport, schools or other social, commercial and cultural enterprises and meeting places. They should become places where we go to engage with other people in our communities, where shopping is part of a rich mix of activities.
Sector group information
For more details on this group, please contact Melissa Houston.