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19th Jan, 2022

Extra colour brought to town centre to celebrate increase in footfall

EXTRA colour is being brought to Leamington’s town centre to celebrate it emerging from lockdown.

BID Leamington will be brightening up the streets with floral bunting and street crossings to complement the 250 hanging baskets already in place which have been funded by its members.

Latest figures show around 80 per cent of town centre businesses have reopened their doors in the two months since retail restrictions were lifted, and footfall is steadily increasing.

But BID executive director Stephanie Kerr said while the figures are encouraging, ongoing local support is still essential.

She is urging people to participate in the government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme during August.

Stephanie said: “Our focus over the summer is always on bringing life and colour to the town but we are doing it in new ways as part of our ongoing support for town centre businesses working hard to bounce back.

“While we were disappointed to have had to cancel this year’s Leamington Food Festival which is a fantastic showcase for our town’s renowned food and drink offer, we are hoping people will show their support by getting involved in ‘Eat Out to Help Out’.

“We are also working on the next ‘Little Book of Offers’ which will contain over 70 offers from retailers and restaurants in the town centre, and planning some mini pop-up food and drink events over the coming months.

“Businesses have been working incredibly hard and are starting to feel cautiously optimistic about the steady increase in people coming back to the town centre, but it is still more important than ever that people shop local while taking precautions to stay safe.”

Visit www.loveleamington.com for a list of businesses taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

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