Hopes high that Huntershill shops will get a boost

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TRADERS are hoping to boost their profile with their latest business venture.

Shop owners held the first meeting of the Huntershill Village Business Group earlier this month.

The group, which meets monthly, aims to support businesses in Huntershilll Village by looking at ways to boost their profile and bring in new customers.

Its launch follows concerns from Huntershill Village traders who claim they are struggling to compete with the revitalised Strathkelvin Retail Park.

Mark Hutchinson, chairperson of the group, said: “There are about 30 businesses in Huntershill Village but not everyone knows about it. This is about raising its profile and boosting business.

“This is something that is important for retailers and I feel the first meeting has been very encouraging.

“This is just the starting point. Everyone at Huntershill wants more business and if this brings more people in then it’s got to be positive.”

Around 20 traders attended the first meeting along with representatives from East Dunbartonshire Council.

The group now hopes to work with the local authority to increase awareness of Huntershill.

The village is also considering adopting a roundabout from the council to advert businesses.

Mark added: “We are trying to generate something that will help create more business over the coming months and years.

“It’s great that council representatives were at our first meeting and we hope they will be there to offer assistance and guidance.”

Thomas Glen, head of Development and Enterprise at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “Council officers are in regular contact with businesses at Huntershill and did attend a meeting on March 7 as part of ongoing discussions regarding support to local businesses. This followed an initial meeting last year to discuss how the council worked with local traders to support business development events and other initiatives by the Huntershill Business Group.

“We look forward to continuing to work with these and other businesses across the area to assist them in maintaining and growing our local business base.”

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