Camborne's town centre businesses are growing with overall sales up by ten per cent, according to the town's chamber of commerce.
The retail sector has been hit hard by the financial collapse of 2008. But the latest figures reveal nearly 50 per cent of Camborne businesses have seen an increase with a further 27.5 per cent saying that business remains constant.
Laurence Pavey, director of Celtic Estate Agents, believes that the town centre is thriving because of its free on-street parking and low cost car parks.
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 per cent increase in business in the past six months compared to last year.”
Ian Gilbert, owner of mobile phone shop Go Mobile is so confident about future growth that they have just refurbished their shop on Trelowarren Street.
He said: “We have an internet business as well as the shop, but it’s still really important for our customers to get a personal service, to be able to see, feel and talk about the products and their specific needs.”
Another business that has seen an upturn is window blind retailer, Beaver Blinds, owner Craig Hall added: “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 per cent increase in business in six months.”
He has also invested the revenue back into the business.
“It has enabled us to produce new promotional leaflets and I am confident that we will see further on going business improvement.”
Mel Martin, manager for Camborne Can Do, the business improvement district said: “Naturally we are delighted with the increased confidence throughout the town. Camborne has a real vibrancy and a great retail community with a mix of independent traders and high street brands.
“Over the past twelve months we have worked hard with various partners to improve the experience that visitors to the town have. A really good example of this is the restoration of the Holman Building by the station thanks to Coastline Housing.
“Creating a good first impression is essential as it not only welcomes visitors, but also instils a real sense of pride for residents and business owners alike.”