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Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Hexham: Steve’s set to showcase town

STEVE Traviss has designs on injecting new life into Hexham town centre.

Steve Traviss plans to stage a Design Week to boost trade in Hexham.

And to do that he’s planning to clear the ground floor of his business and invite other traders to set up shop in the premises.

The idea is part of a Design Week, which Mr Traviss, chief executive of Dickinson’s Furnishers on Beaumont Street, hopes will boost the town’s flagging retail fortunes.

“I am getting concerned that we’re talking ourselves into a hole here and that really isn’t good,” he said.

“The national chains aside, Hexham has a lot to offer in the way of quality independent retailers, which need to be showcased.”

Between Monday, June 3 and Saturday, June 8, he’s inviting local businesses to come up with a unique special offer to attract shoppers and increase foot fall.

On the Friday and Saturday of the event, part of Dickinson’s ground floor will be cleared and turned over to the traders involved to give demonstrations.

Mr Traviss: “From interior design presentations to hair styling, flower arranging and fashion, the retailers will be invited to show off a design element of their business in a given time slot.

“I’m hoping this event will grab high street decline by the scruff of the neck and that people will come along, enjoy themselves and take advantage of the various special offers available.”

Mr Traviss is determined that the event will not simply be a sales pitches, but will tempt shoppers into Hexham, raising the profile of the town and what its independent traders have to offer.

If successful, he hopes the Design Week could become an annual event, and is rolling out a similar programme in his Carlisle branch.

“I’m confident there’ll be at least 20 other businesses involved, as people have responded to this very well indeed,” he added.

“I’m even in talks with Queen Elizabeth High School to see if we can get its students involved with some kind of design competition.”

Anyone who would like further information about Hexham Design Week can contact Mr Traviss at Dickinson’s on Tel. (01434) 602617.