"Awesome", "Amazing", "Wonderful" - what customers are saying about the independent businesses recognised in our 2017 Local Business Awards
"…to win an award voted by our customers, is just such a great feeling"
Just how much the people of Wantage, Grove and neighbouring villages think of their local independent businesses is really clear from the comments sent . . .
Filling empty shops? Why it can take time.
"Shops closing by the week. What is being done to stop Wantage being turned into a ghost town?" So said a tweet sent in . . .
'Then and Now' Images of Wantage shops spark many memories
Memories of Wantage shops, their owners and staff, and what they sold have been sparked by a collection of photographs being displayed at . . .
A little science with your coffee . . .
'Fusion power', 'The 100,000 Genome Project', 'Advances in Eye Surgery', 'The geology of Wantage' . . . just some of the themes for our town team Cafe Scientifique monthly free talks series, and a sense of the very strong and wide-ranging science, technology and engineering expertise among business and organisations around our town . . .
From the Charlton Spring Festival, through Ray's Carnival to the Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival and Dickensian Evening in December, it's a varied and vibrant programme and central to it is the five-week Wantage Summer Festival.
It's a now regular and popular fixture in the cultural calendar . . .
Up and about early, and in all weathers throughout the year, bringing us lovely fresh produce including fruit & veg, bread & cakes, fish, flowers, eggs, meat and more. We love our regular market traders and the Farmers market folk who join us once a month.
Wantage has a long history of market trading . . .
Where in Wantage and Grove can you get a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on breakfasts? Which businesses offer 10% off? On books, toys, lunch or unique furniture? Did you know you can get free stuff from social media audits to oven cleans, and specs cleaning packs to Reiki sessions? How can you get a wide variety of offers on all sorts of goods and services when you shop locally?
The answer to all these questions and more are in . . .
When our town team project started, Wantage town centre had 23 empty units – that's around 12.5% of the total. And although that was not far off the national average it was high for a south east market town, and was impacting heavily on the look of the town centre and on morale. Mill Street had nine of those empties and – although it was home to salons, and financial businesses and takeaways – it had no shops!
Working with landlords and agents to overcome . . .
POSTED ON 09 March 2017
Today, 15 Mill Street, Wantage is home to The Mix - a popular community space hosting a wide range of events, workshops and local group meetings as well as a number of business people who use it as a hot-desking facility.
When our town team project started, the building was very different . . .
Looking for a gift, or something for the house or somewhere to eat or stay. How often is the next phrase we hear "Google it!"?
For businesses this is now a vitally important message, and its one Wantage Town Team has responded to with a pioneering initiative . . .
POSTED ON 1st February 2017