BUXTON businesses have joined forces to help the town try and achieve its full potential.
Representatives from several local businesses have joined together as the Buxton Traders group, whose aim is to transform and revitalise the town.
The group has identified a number of issues they intend to look at over the coming months. These include the high business rates in Buxton and how to make opening new businesses more accessible as well as the price of car parking, making it more affordable to all.
There are also a number of empty premises in the traditional shopping areas of Spring Gardens and Higher Buxton and this is another issue the organisation are to look into.
Sylvia Bellicoso, of Fitzgerald’s Craft Bakery, one of the members of Buxton Traders, said: “As a popular tourist spot, Buxton attracts thousands of visitors each year and we need to make sure that they have a reason to keep coming back.
“Empty shops or a poor variety of shops is not a good advert for our once thriving town. We are already saturated with charity shops and need more local independent traders as well as popular national chains to keep our high street alive.
“The difficult economic climate means it’s now harder than ever to start up a new business so we believe anyone who is looking to invest in Buxton should be given as much support as possible.
“In addition, one of the main issues affecting locals and visitors alike is the cost of car parking. Many other towns offer competitive rates or even free parking on some days so this is another key point we will be looking at.
“But in order to have our voice heard, we need as many local businesses to join us as possible. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, June 6 at Chippy’s Plaice, Spring Gardens, at 6pm so please come along and have your say.”
Buxton Traders have organised a Jubilee Fun Day in Spring Gardens on Monday, June 4 to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
It will feature a tombola, raffle, face painting, craft stalls, local food produce and children’s entertainment.
And street performers are being invited to get in on the fun with a competition where £300 worth of prizes are up for grabs, courtesy of Bradbury Property Company.
Any street performers who want to take part must register in advance by contacting Sam Copley on 07791 518949.
Half of the proceeds raised by the event will be donated to Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith with the rest going to Buxton Traders.
The fun day will run from 10am to 4pm.
Tables for craft stalls and anyone selling local food produce are available to book, priced at £10 and donations are currently being sought for raffle and tombola prizes.
To register as a street performer, book a table for craft stalls or local food produce, or to donate raffle or tombola prizes, contact Sam Copley on 07791 518949.
l Buxton Traders are also running a competition for the best dressed Jubilee shop window in Spring Gardens. Entries will be judged on Monday, June 4 with a bottle of champagne for first prize and a box of chocolates for second prize.