Shoppers invited to have say on town retail

Published Wednesday 7 July 2021

People of all ages are being given an opportunity to have their say about the way they shop with town centre businesses.

Market Harborough’s group of small and unique independent businesses, Harbs Collective, have put together a survey, with Harborough District Council, inviting local shoppers to have their say about the way that they shop and engage with local businesses.

HDC and Harbs Collective

The survey is designed to help the retailers group understand what shoppers would like to get out of the town centre. More specifically, the shopping experience, services, and events that Harbs Collective provide throughout the year.

It will also help Harbs Collective continue to serve the community in a unique way, for young and older shoppers, and cater for visitors to the town.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “We understand it’s been a challenging year or more in retail and we are working with Harbs Collective to help build people’s confidence and support improved shopping experiences and events that will encourage people to visit our fantastic independent shops and cafes in the town centre.”

Claire Webb, from the Paint Pottle – a member of Harbs Collective – said: “The way we shop has changed in the wake of Covid-19, and as such Market Harborough’s independent retailers need to make sure that we adapt to that change, but without losing the charm of our high street and sense of local community. That’s why Harbs Collective would love our shoppers and visitors to complete this survey so that everything we do moving forward responds to our community’s needs and makes sure the town is a vibrant and inviting place to visit for everyone.”

Have your say at or alternatively you can complete a physical copy of the survey in independent shops, cafes, and restaurants in Market Harborough.

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