During the past two years, Hailsham has welcomed a range of new businesses, resulting in there currently being a small number of empty retail units in the town centre which compares well to current national averages.
Deputy Town Clerk and Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira said: “The percentage of vacant commercial units in Hailsham currently falls below the current regional and national averages, which is excellent news for the town. Hailsham is the place to be and there has been a marked improvement in the number of empty shops in the town centre which has fallen considerably this year, as the local economy recovers from the effects of the pandemic in 2020 and 2021.”
“We’re pleased to see such a variety of new businesses open in Hailsham and are delighted that business owners recognise the town’s potential. Both the Town Council and Hailsham Forward (Town Team) have been working hard to raise Hailsham’s profile as a shopping and eating destination, and we hope this is just the beginning of the town’s growth over the coming years.”
Not only is it excellent to see Hailsham’s offering strengthen with these new businesses bringing something unique to complement the existing businesses already lining the town centre streets of our market town, but it’s essential that business owners – particularly independent proprietors – continue to collaborate to establish a strong community which helps to establish a sense of place for Hailsham and ultimately attract new visitors.”
Town Mayor Councillor Paul Holbrook has officially opened a succession of new businesses in the town, which have included Huckleberry Hair (now LW Hair), Furniture Now!, Aesthetics 4 You and Harry & Ellie’s Cabin in the High Street, Sweethearts Party Boutique and Monkey King Games in George Street, Happy Paws, Simply Weigh, Burton Solicitors and Sjann Dance Academy in St Mary’s Walk, Angela Marden Estate Agents in North Street, Bijou Brews in the Quintins Centre and Hay’s Cafe in Diplocks Way.
Delighted to see Hailsham’s business activity strengthening and hoping to see even more new businesses open in the future, Cllr Holbrook said: “The Town Council and Hailsham Forward have key priorities to work with local businesses to deliver plans to help address the issue of empty shops further and work towards a 100% occupancy rate for retail and business units.”
“I am delighted to have attended several shop openings recently and it’s wonderful to have been asked to cut the ribbon for the various new businesses. Additionally, and it’s great to see enterprising people continue to set up businesses in our town. We have an increasingly vibrant town centre – and the opening of these new businesses is a great addition!”
Cllr Holbrook added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to say that what we must all remember, is that local independent businesses are an asset to our community, and it is important that we support our local economy by purchasing goods and services from them whenever possible rather than relying on just the larger out-of-town stores and service providers.”
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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