Shop doctor comes to town

Independent retailers in Newton Stewart town centre are being encouraged to enrol in a free Let’s Talk Shop programme, a course of specialised shop support.

Shop doctor Bill Smith will deliver his retail masterclass to retailers on Monday, April 14 at Newton Stewart Fire Station from 5.30pm.

Business owners attending will have an opportunity to share ideas on how the economic vitality of independent retailers in Newton Stewart can be enhanced. In addition, those retailers will qualify to receive an in-store surgery from the shop doctor.

Each of the shops enrolled for the 1-to-1 visits will also receive a comprehensive report and be eligible for a £500 grant towards the implementation of recommendations made. A follow-up check-up will be arranged 12 months later.

To register phone Grant Coltart of the council’s economic development team on 030 33 33 3000 or email: