Shop doctor calls on Wigtown’s independent retailers

Independent retailers in Wigtown town centre are being encouraged to enrol in the “Let’s Talk Shop” programme, a free course of specialised shop doctor support.

Bill Smith, the Shop Doctor, will be delivering a retail master class workshop to retailers on the evening of Monday 21st July. The event starts at 6.30pm at the County Buildings, and there are high hopes for a big turn out from the town centre businesses. Those attending will have an opportunity to share ideas on how the economic vitality of independent retailers in Wigtown can be enhanced.

In addition to the master class, an in-store surgery from the shop doctor enabling them to directly benefit from his specialised advice will be on offer.

Each of the shops enrolled for the one to one visits will also receive a comprehensive report focused on helping to re-energise each of the individual businesses participating, and be eligible for a £500 grant towards the implementation of recommendations made by the shop doctor. A follow-up check-up will be arranged 12 months later. To be considered for a visit/grant, retailers need to register before the 21st July and attend the workshop on the night.

To register for the ‘Let’s Talk Shop’ workshop, contact the Council on 030 33 33 3000 and ask for Stephanie Carrick in Economic Development or email

For further information contact Grant Coltart, Economic Development Officer, Planning & Environment Services Department. Tel No 01387 260327 or email