Recent research by the Brighton & Hove Business Forum has washed away any ideas that the pedestrianisation of George Street has been bad for business.
Some 67% of retail businesses in the Hove street have said that they do not feel that pedestrianisation is a barrier to business, with a further 59% saying that over the last five years (effectively since the pedestrianisation came in to force) business has been good to very good. If we add to that the further 22% who said business was good to average, that’s a whopping 91% reporting that things are buzzing for business in George Street.
The research also asked businesses what sort of events (if any) they would like to see the pedestrianisation used for. In total, 87% asked for more cultural events, with live music and markets topping the bill. However, the survey urges caution, as it’s not a free for all! All activities come with the expectation that they are the best of the best, showing that Hove business aspirations are to create a town centre that is thriving with great quality shops, markets and entertainment. To take a look at the research in more detail, click on the link below.
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