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Camborne bucks the trend with a rise in trade and tourists
8:00am Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Cornwall
A recent report by Camborne's Chamber of Commerce shows that overall sales in the town are up by 10 per cent on the same time last year.
It says that nearly 50 per cent of businesses have seen an increase with a further 27.5 per cent saying that business remains constant.
Laurence Pavey, director of Celtic Estate Agents, believes that the town centre is thriving for a reason: “Camborne is a very accessible town with both free on-street parking and low cost car parks.”
Speaking about his own business he added: “We rebranded earlier this year with a new business name, website and social media strategy.
“This coupled with increased market confidence means that we have seen a 50% increase in business in the last six months compared to last year.”
Ian Gilbert, owner of mobile phone shop Go Mobile is so confident about future growth that they have just refurbished their shop on Trelowarren Street.
He said: “We have an Internet business as well as the shop, but it’s still really important for our customers to get a personal service; to be able to see, feel and talk about the products and their specific needs.
“We have both an online and a high street shop and have just refurbished because we are confident of the growth on the high street.”
Another business that has seen an upturn is window blind retailer, Beaver Blinds.
Owner Craig Hall said: “There is a lot more customer confidence although these days they are being more cautious in what they purchase and going for the budget lines.
“By reacting to that change means we have seen a 30 per cent increase in business over the last six months.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Craig has also invested that revenue back into the business.
“It has enabled us to produce new promotional leaflets and I am confident that we will see further on going business improvement.”
Mel Martin, manager for Camborne Can Do, the town's business improvement district said: “Camborne has a real vibrancy and a great retail community with a mix of independent traders and high street brands.
“Over the past twelve months we have worked hard with various partners to improve the experience that visitors to the town have.
“A really good example of this is the restoration of the Holman Building by the station thanks to Coastline Housing.
“Creating a good first impression is essential as it not only welcomes visitors, but also instils a real sense of pride for residents and business owners alike.
“This summer we have seen an increase in tourists visiting the town which is great news for the retail sector.
“This is a trend that we aim to maintain throughout the year with a series of planned events throughout.”
“There is a long way to go, but we know that together we can create a Camborne that everyone can be proud of, businesses visitors alike.”
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