Stockport is the town with bags of potential, according to the latest edition of Cheshire Life which looks at the positive changes taking place across Stockport and its more vibrant town centre.
“Stockport is on the road to success and has the fastest growing economy in the region”
The latest edition of Cheshire Life shines the spotlight on Stockport, a town that has seen huge changes taking place, thanks to a £1billion plan of investment, an energetic business community and an ambitious team of people who share the vision to create a destination of choice, for everyone.
Helen White, co-founder of Marketing Stockport and an active member of the business community, contributed to the feature:
“I am not at all surprised that Stockport has recently been shown to be the fastest expanding economy in the north west. We founded Marketing Stockport over 7 years ago because we already knew that Stockport has a thriving business community but it was a well-kept secret. Home to over 13,000 varied and successful businesses, from global brands and national companies to emerging enterprises, Stockport is a hub for innovation and growth.
“Despite the recent mayhem surrounding Brexit, impact on local businesses and investment appears to be quite insignificant, largely I think due to Stockport’s £1bn programme of investment which is giving businesses and investors greater confidence. The potential for growth in Stockport has actually been even more evident over the past 2 years as has been the opportunity to attract new businesses looking to locate to an area that is well connected, has a rich skills pool across diverse sectors and has an exciting future.”
The brand new Produce Hall and an influx of new independent bars and restaurants complement the now more established Redrock leisure area, all contributing to the emergence of a more vibrant evening economy.
Stockport’s retail and leisure sectors are experiencing significant changes too. As High Streets throughout the whole of the UK are facing greater challenges than ever before, Stockport is ready to embrace change and is focusing on creating a sustainable town centre, better suited to today’s way of life for residents, visitors and businesses.
“The new transport interchange, including a 2-acre park will change the face of the town centre, better connecting the bus and rail stations; an additional 60,000 sq ft of grade A office accommodation currently under construction at Stockport Exchange has already attracted unprecedented interest and the Holiday Inn Express is rated number 1 for customer service across its chain of European hotels.
“A mix of attracting more diverse leisure facilities, coupled with a focus on developing a wider choice of town-centre living, is paving the way for new communities. “
Tramp unveil £250,000 investment in multi-use headquarters
Stockport may be a town built on its heritage but the Stockport of the future is most definitely defined by enthusiastic and innovative celebrity hairdressers Kristian and Naomi Evans.
Tramp first opened on Little Underbank in 2017, described as a ‘boutique salon which transmits a shot of Rock n Roll alongside exceptional knowledge and service, creating Cool Cats, Sex Kittens & Dirty Rotten Scundrels.’ Plans for a further £250,000 salon, fashion store, live music venue and hairdressing academy are leading a style-led regeneration designed to transform the fortunes of Stockport’s historic Underbanks area, which they have dubbed #StockportSoho
Kristian and Naomi have set their hearts on transforming the fortunes of Stockport’s Underbanks following a stellar career which has seen them work with pop icons, Vogue models, the Brit Awards and London Fashion Week.
Kristian and Naomi are using social media to urge supporters to #BePartOfTheMovement to transform a recently neglected part of Stockport into a creative hub of fashion, style, hair, music and art.
Tramp’s growing reputation was recognised when they picked the Most Promising Young Business gong at the Stockport Business Awards.
The full article can be read in the May edition of Cheshire Life