Things are looking up for businesses in Camborne town centre, according to a recent report from the local chamber of commerce.
Despite all the stories of doom and gloom in the retail sector and the demise of town centres up and down the country, Camborne Chamber of Commerce says that overall sales in the town are up 10% on the same period last year.
Nearly 50% of businesses have seen an increase with a further 27.5% saying that business remains constant.
Laurence Pavey, director of Celtic Estate Agents, believes that the town centre is thriving for a reason: “Camborne is a very accessible town with both free on-street parking and low cost car parks,” he said.
Speaking about his own business, he added: “We rebranded earlier this year with a new business name, website and social media strategy.
“This coupled with increased market confidence means that we have seen a 50% increase in business in the last six months compared to last year.”
Another business that has seen an upturn is window blind retailer, Beaver Blinds.
Owner, Craig Hall, said: “There is a lot more customer confidence although these days they are being more cautious in what they purchase and going for the budget lines.
“By reacting to that change means we have seen a 30% increase in business over the last six months.”
Mel Martin, manager for Camborne Can Do, the business improvement district (BID), said: “Naturally we are delighted with the increased confidence throughout the town.
“Over the past 12 months we have worked hard with various partners to improve the experience that visitors to the town have.
“There is a long way to go, but we know that together we can create a Camborne that everyone can be proud of, businesses and visitors alike.”