City has still got it as a top shopping destination
RETAILERS in Nottingham must be rubbing their hands at the prospect of a bumper Christmas.
Since the beginning of October, the number of people shopping in the city has risen significantly compared to the same period last year.
The crowds have been building and last weekend the year-on-year increase was remarkable – up 23 per cent on Sunday. This is good news for traders and for the city as a whole.
Retail is a cornerstone of Nottingham's economy. It is one of the things we are known for across the region.
It shows the city's appeal that even in a difficult year, with the ever growing competition of the internet, Nottingham can draw in shoppers.
Many of those who come and shop will also stay for a cup of coffee or have lunch.
It all helps to boost the city's economy, pay wages and sustain jobs.
The figures are a welcome shot in the arm for Nottingham, which has suffered from the long delays in developing the Broadmarsh, as well as its fair share of empty shops. However, this shows we have still got it, and we have a fantastic platform on which to build.