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Discover Lanark publishes Shopper Survey with improved shop fronts top of the list

Gary is now engaging with local business owners to develop a five-year costed business plan

Discover Lanark has published its Shopper Survey, a customer wish list of improvements for the town centre,  with respondents keen to see brighter shop fronts and more diverse businesses in the town.

The survey was carried out by Knowledge Partnership on behalf of Discover Lanark using a face to face administered questionnaire, carried out between 23 November and 13 December 2017.

Shoppers were asked to name three changes that would encourage them to visit the town centre, with 46% of respondents requesting brighter shop fronts with fewer shutters and 39% keen to see more specialty shops.

A cleaner, brighter environment with more trees and planting also scored highly, with 39% of respondents stating that this would encourage more visits to the town centre.

Lord Cornet Elect Gary Winning, Project Manager of Discover Lanark, said: “The Shopper Survey is an important document that allows us to gauge the opinion of people who spend their money in the town centre. This document is essential in helping us create a comprehensive business plan that meets the needs of traders and customers.”

A Business Survey is now under way, running until 31 February, to help shape a forthcoming collaborative five-year costed business plan whereby business owners contribute towards town centre improvement projects that benefit the Royal Burgh and contribute towards the success of business in the town.

Gary added: “As part of the business plan, Discover Lanark can bring initiatives to the town that enhances the appearance of our signature High Street and town centre and encourage distinctive businesses to trade in the town.”