Market Harborough was in the national press yet again after being listed as a top place to live in the country. In a recent report featured by The Guardian on Sunday 21st July 2019, Market Harborough comes top in a league table measuring ‘liveable‘ places in England.
“It has given every local authority in England a score based on three metrics – affordability, opportunity and desirability – based on factors such as jobs, income, educational attainment, burglary rates, the number of empty homes and life expectancy.”
The article was very positive and covered the pricing of housing and standard schools and shops etc.
“But it’s not just about statistics. Small independent retailers reign supreme in the quaint town centre, which is dominated by the medieval St Dionysius’ church and 17th-century timbered Old Grammar School”… ” there was a striking absence of empty shops.”
“I deliberately set up a business in Harborough. The market is just like a big family. All the little shops make it what it is.”
Ironically we’ve seen an increasing number of shop closures in the Market Harborough high street in recent weeks, which is very concerning and has not been mentioned in this article (perhaps due to timing). Though perhaps, compared to other small towns we are still enjoying a comparatively buoyant high street in terms of independent retailers.
More and more reason to support our local shops and traders, so Shop Harborough