BRIGHOUSE has been so successful in attracting new businesses over the past year that it has been cited as one of the top five most improved town centres in the country.
Shop vacancy rates in the town centre have significantly dropped over the past 12 months and the hard work and effort of retailers has been praised for helping to buck the national trend and halt the decline.
Figures released by the Local Data Company show that Brighouse was one of the five town centres in the country with the most positive improvement in shop vacancies since 2010.
The success story has been boosted by the support of the Totally Locally Calderdale campaign which aims to encourage shoppers to spend their money in local independent stores.
New businesses opened in Brighouse town centre over the past year include the Pot Shop, Rhinestone/Axznt, Peter David Properties, OWLS, MisDress, Evie Rose, Room for Yoga, Venus Nails, Boyes and Store Twenty One.
Lesley Adams, chairman of Brighouse Business Initiative, said: “A couple of years ago there was a lot of negativity in the town. We lost a major name in Woolworths and there were a significant number of vacant retail units.
“But Brighouse is not a clone town and we have all worked together to improve awareness in the local community of the fantastic range of products and services on their doorstep.”