Latest stats ‘paint a really positive picture’ of town centre, says Bognor BID

Statistics released by the Bognor Business Improvement District (BID) ‘paint a really positive picture’ of the town’s future, the organisation’s coordinator has said.

in the town centre was up five per cent in August as businesses as shoppers adjusted to the first full month of trade without Covid-19 restrictions since last year.

The figures, released by the Bognor Regis BID earlier this week, show that approximately 329,577 people passed through the town centre last month, compared to 325,119 people in July.

Vacancy rates in the town centre are also improving, with only 10% of business units in the BID area vacant compared to 12% in May 2021 and putting the town well below the 14.5% vacancy rate across the UK.

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BID co-ordinator Heather Allen said this “paints a really positive picture of Bognor Regis town centre.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see the range of new businesses opening that are really extending the offer and, after an incredibly difficult 18 months, it’s equally brilliant to see our established businesses continuing to trade.

“We also measure and track the types of businesses that are operating, as we know that, while shopping habits are changing, people still really value the social and ‘experience’ elements of visiting a town centre,

“The fact that so many new businesses have chosen to invest in Bognor is a really positive reflection on the town.”