Scheme to help high street businesses in Three Rivers launched

Rickmansworth High Street. Credit: Three Rivers District Council.

High street businesses in Three Rivers will now have the opportunity to receive support from leading retail experts under a new scheme that is aiming to boost trade and the local pandemic recovery.

Three Rivers District Council are working with industry-wide movement SaveTheHighStreet.org to provide a range of initiatives to help shops and other traders increase their footfall.

The scheme includes a series of high street drop-in sessions providing free advice and personalised support to local businesses that have applied. 

Local people and community organisations are also being invited to take part in the programme by becoming ‘high street champions’ – who will identify the type of support their area requires. 

Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said: “Thriving high streets are at the very heart of our economic recovery – no one wants to see businesses struggling, or even closing their doors completely.

“We want our shopping centres to be full of thriving local traders who are providing residents and visitors with diverse products and services.

“That is why I am delighted that we are continuing and expanding our work with Save The High Street.

“I urge all local retailers who would like any type of support to take advantage of this unique opportunity to come along to one of the drop-in session or get in touch today.”

Alex Schlagman, a Founding Partner of SaveTheHighStreet.org, added: “Successful high street benefit everyone. We’re here to help and are excited by the impact we can have if we join together quickly.

“Whether you want to take your high street business to the next level, share your views about what needs to change on your high street or get support with anything you think will benefit high streets in the district, we want to hear from you.”

SaveTheHighStreet.org is on a mission to ensure successful high streets, now and for the long term. Launched in August 2016, the co-ordinated movement aims to support and empower local businesses nationwide. 

Three Rivers District Council first partnered with SaveTheHighStreet.org last Autumn and set up a pilot scheme involving 20 traders. The local authority is now expanding its support to local high streets across the district during 2022.

Linda Anderson, owner of The Kitchen Croxley who took part in last year’s pilot, said: “The Kitchen Croxley has gone from strength to strength and our plan together is still evolving all the time. 

“It’s great to hear this is now launching across the district. I’m so excited by what is coming for my business and for Croxley Green.”

To find out more and register for free visit: www.savethehighstreet.org/threerivers

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