Dr Luke Evans, the Member of Parliament whose constituency covers Hinckley has welcomed the incredible bounceback the town has experienced as non-essential shops and leisure businesses have reopened following the winter lockdown.
Figures released courtesy of Hinckley Business Improvement District show that the number of shoppers visiting the town since April 12 has significantly outstripped the national average for town centres.
The national year on year average for town centres show footfall is 175% higher than the same time last year - when the UK was in lockdown – however here in Hinckley footfall is 231% higher than the same time last year.
When converted to daily equivalent Hinckley remains 12% higher in shopper numbers that the national average.
Town centre businesses have worked collectively to ensure retail and leisure areas remain Covid secure during the reopening phase.
Dr Luke Evans commented: “Hinckley is blessed with a great blend of national chains and brilliant independent retailers, we have a great high street which thanks to pleasant weather has become a real magnet for al fresco café culture.
“It’s vital that everyone of us plays a part in revitalising our local economy, and really wonderful news that so many people are getting back out to support high street.
“My thanks go to everyone who has made a tremendous effort to ensure that we remain safe whilst the experience of going back into shops is also a pleasurable one.
“Hinckley Business Improvement District do a great job in promoting the town and the proof of the pudding is in these early figures, we just need to keep it going now.”