14 August 2013
King William Rd AGM
I attended this meeting last night. After the usual formalities it was good to see a thank you to Council for the work they do to support the organisation and the events that they hold. Some, like the Variety Fashion Event, are run by the association and others, like the Gourmet Gala, are run by Council. Of greatest concern was the number of vacant shops, now totalling over 20 or 8% of the total. It seems restaurants and cafes are fairing better than many others. Is it just the economic times, on line trading, or were they just trying to sell goods that people no longer purchase or are available more cheaply somewhere else? The Councils digital strategy findyoureverything.com is working well across the city. It was a great networking event and a chance to talk to the traders.