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Skipton is praised for its diverse high street
12:55pm Thursday 31st January 2013 in News
Skipton has been named as having one of the best ten high streets in the country.
Quirky shops, the castle and its four-days-a-week market are among the town’s attractions listed in the national Sunday newspaper’s piece on towns bucking the trend.
The announcement that Skipton was to be included in the route of the 2014 Tour de France also counted in its favour.
The article, in The Sunday Times, said that research suggested that the more diverse a high street’s shops, the less vulnerable it would be to an economic downturn.
There was also a direct link between the success of a town’s high street and property prices.
Skipton Town Centre Manager, Brett Butler, welcomed the news.
“It’s really good to see Skipton recognised nationally, yet again, as a place working hard to weather the economic storm,” he said.
“We’re fortunate that we have a good number of dedicated people working in our local businesses – and some equally dedicated people in organisations such as the Business Improvement District (BID), Chamber of Trade and the Federation of Small Businesses, all prepared to work with us at the town council and with our partner councils to keep Skipton well and truly on the map.”
He added: “It is no accident that Skipton attracts regular media attention. Our policy of partnership working is very definitely the way forward – and long may that continue.”