Knaresborough Chamber says town is making 'strong progress' as community spirit beats Covid gloom

The future is looking good despite Covid says Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce as Knaresborough as the town bounces back from lockdown in a remarkably positive fashion.

By Graham Chalmers
Thursday, 10th September 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 10th September 2020, 10:06 am
Sunny outlook - Knaresborough is bucking the Covid gloom as the town centre recovers well, says Knaresborough Chamber of Commerce. (Picture by Charlotte Gale)
Sunny outlook - Knaresborough is bucking the Covid gloom as the town centre recovers well, says Knaresborough Chamber of Commerce. (Picture by Charlotte Gale)

New shops, more tourists, healthy footfall in the Wednesday market and a real optimism in the town: that's the verdict of Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce as Knaresborough emerges from Covid-19 restrictions.

The Chamber also points to the good news too that the Knaresborough Christmas Market is scheduled to be going ahead, while Harrogate unfortunately formally had to cancel theirs.

Knaresborough has pulled together since Covid struck in March and the Chamber has been involved in helping both the residents and business community cope with the shockwave of lockdown.

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a Chamber Spokesman."This period has shone a light on the work of the Chamber and we are now well placed to help Knaresborough take full advantage of the publicity and increased profile which the Town is receiving."

Knaresborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce runs an energetic campaign on social media, posting, liking and sharing posts from local businesses and voluntary organisations, and this, plus user generated content from visitors, for example family selfies in rowing boats under the viaduct in the sun, has really raised Knaresborough's profile throughout the summer.

A spokesperson said: "The future is looking good for the town. We are reaching out to other towns, and other Chambers in this country and abroad spreading the message about what a fabulous place Knaresborough is to live, to work, to visit and to stay.

"We've seen how we can act on the local stage such as with Covid social distancing plans, lobbying local and national government on changes we want for the town, as well as changes we don't want.

"We're here as we have been for decades to provide a voice for the town and for business.

"Our competition to find new events for the town to join the Knaresborough Bed Race, for example, has attracted more than 30 quality ideas so far, and we want to keep them coming in."

To find out more about Knaresborough Chamber of Trade visit: https://knaresboroughchamber.org/

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