Sudbury businessman launches online community group to share ideas for boosting high street trade
A businessman from Sudbury is hoping to engage people in a productive discussion to help revitalise the town with the launch of a dedicated online community group.
Keith Grinsted is encouraging people to be proactive by sharing their ideas focused on boosting trade, while aiming to attract more visitors to the town.
“We need to come up with ideas about what we want to see here,” he said, adding that establishing effective solutions was crucial to stemming the problem.
“It’s very easy for people to criticise and bemoan the decline in the high street, but, while the high street is here, we can’t just demolish it – we have to do something,” he said.
Having visited last month’s exhibition, What next for Sudbury?, which explored ambitious projects in the town, Mr Grinsted said he was disappointed that the public event failed to present ideas for boosting trade.
“There was nothing for businesses in the high street,” he said. “It was talking about bus routes and the redevelopment of Belle Vue Park, but nothing to encourage retail.”
Having carried out research into high streets across the country that have implemented solutions to enhance the shopping experience, Mr Grinsted proposed dividing some of the larger retail units.
“There’s a successful farmers’ market that comes here once a month and I think some of the traders would be open to having a unit in a shop if they could be split up,” he said.
To join the discussion, go online to Facebook and search for It’s Your High Street.
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