Shops & Businesses
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Ampthill is a "historic market town" that still serves as a commercial centre for surrounding villages. The town has a plethora lively pubs, a wide variety of restaurants (indeed you can sample cuisine from all over the world), a Waitrose supermarket and a selection of small independent specialist shops. A number of small businesses such as solicitors, estate agents, financial services, hairdressers, and music schools are also located in town, with larger businesses to be found in the commercial and industrial developments on the outskirts, along with the town's bypass. Part of Ampthill's enviable charm, however, is that it has retained much of its 'olde worlde' feel, as the town boasts a traditional butcher, bakers, cobblers, chemist, antique shops and a bespoke tailor.
If you live in Ampthill or are considering visiting the town here are a few reasons for doing so in terms of the types of shops and businesses on offer:
- A Waitrose Supermarket
- 7 Public Houses
- Restaurants - Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican & a number of Coffee Shops & Takeaways
- Coffee Shops (including a branch of Costa)
- Antique Stores
- Clothing - designer, bridal & bespoke tailor
- Hairdressers/Beauty Treatments
- Gift Shops (including kitchenware)
- Carpet Shop
- Traditional Sweet Shop
- Post Office
- Musical Instrument Retailer
- Galleries/Picture Framer
- Estate Agents/Financial Advisors
- Furniture Retailers
- Dry Cleaner
- Car Sales (Used & New)
- Interior Design Studios
- Kitchen Showroom
- Toy Shop
This list provides a small insight into the why Ampthill remains a centre for commerce in Mid Beds, however in these economically difficult times the adage 'use it or lose it' remains relevant, as without your support businesses can flounder and that's to the detriment of us all.
- Protect Local Character and Prosperity - By choosing to support locally owned businesses, you help maintain diversity and the distinctive flavour of the community
- Community Well-Being - Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining and linking neighbours and contributing more to local causes.
- Local Decision Making - Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impact of those decisions.
- Keeping Money in the Local Economy - Your money spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact your community as money spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs and promote community development.
- Jobs and Wages - Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally and, in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits than chains do.
- Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurship fuels England's economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.
- Public Benefits and Costs - Local shops require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services
- Environmental Sustainability - Local shops help to sustain vibrant, walking distance shopping areas, which in turn are essential to reducing car use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
- Saves Food Miles - Local shops.will often sell local produce there for reducing food miles and also supporting other businesses
- Local shops are for everyone - Most people can get to their local shops easily. This is especially important for the elderly, the vulnerable, young people and those without private transport. Keeping your shops open by buying locally helps the whole community.
Ampthill is a very pleasant and attractive small market town but despite improvements over the years, the town centre has declined with businesses regularly failing. This has left the town looking run down with businesses finding it difficult to keep their premises looking their best. We believe that a few key changes will help Ampthill businesses move to expansion and regeneration.
- Reverse town centre deterioration
- More shopping choice
- A better supermarket
- Easier and more central parking
- Insufficient jobs in the town
- A new community centre with cinema/theatre facilities
- Waitrose - ensure successful development
- Investigate development of the derelict area behind Kings Arms Yard
- Seek additional areas for car parking
- Consistent shop standards and a quality look & feel for the centre
- Business-friendly development of The Limes (MBDC) buildings
- Further promotion & use of Ampthill Park
- A public garden in the town centre
- Encourage business park expansion
- Encourage an appropriate hotel style & location
- Encourage young people oriented businesses
- Promote Ampthill, its attractions and facilities
THE VISION FOR THE FUTURE
- A high quality, attractive centre which enhances the conservation area
- A good reputation as a centre for specialist shops - the place to find quality clothes, furniture, antiques, jewellery, accessories, food, delicatessen, toys, restaurants etc
- Prestige office based businesses attractive to clients and staff
- An expanding business park with incentives for general businesses
- The town supports the regeneration of Ampthill as a thriving shopping
- centre in keeping with the character of the conservation area - including a provision of the necessary infrastructure.
- The town supports the development of non-retail businesses and jobs.
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