‘Business is booming in Harwich and Dovercourt’ says town centre co-ordinator

Harwich High Street is lit up for Christmas.

Harwich High Street is lit up for Christmas. - Credit: Su Anderson

Business is booming in Harwich and Dovercourt – so much so that it is a struggle to find suitable premises for new firms.

Rachel Fryer, town centre co-ordinator at Tendring District Council, made the comments ahead of Small Business Saturday tomorrow.

Ms Fryer said: “All of our town centres are pretty healthy.

“It is vital to our economy that we help and support them.

“But it is a bit of a struggle at the moment to find suitable premiese for small businesses to open up in in the town because the towns are doing so well.”

Ms Fryer added that three independent retailers had recently moved into larger homes as they expanded, including one which began life in a council-run pop-up shop scheme in Dovercourt.

Part of the success of businesses across Tendring is a parking permit issued to all council tax payers giving them free parking after 11am, with parking also free for visitors from 3pm until 8am the following morning in all bar a handful of council car parks.

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Small Business Saturday is not just about shopping, and it is hoped people also support other local firms such as garages to get their cars serviced or cafes and restaurants.

Small businesses are also the ideal place to get Christmas gifts.

Ms Fryer said: “There is nothing better then going to your local shop and finding things you won’t find anywhere else, which are hand-made and hand-designed.

“People are really skilled and you can pick up some personalised gifts which are not your run-of-the-mill presents.

“So go and explore your nearest village or town and have a wonder.”