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Retail In Focus

Moves are afoot to consider Guernsey’s retail offer and support those working in the demanding retail/hospitality sectors. Guernsey Chamber is helping to investigate the possibility of a new association which would act as a focal point for these industries.  Let us know what you would like to see?

Key findings include of a recent, strongly-supported retail survey reveal that:

  • In the past 12 months, 96% of respondents had shopped online. However, 46% of respondents prefer to shop locally, compared to 25% who prefer to shop online (and 29% who were indifferent).
  • There is a willingness amongst local consumers to support on-island retailers, which presents opportunities to local businesses who may not be able to compete on price and product range.
  • There is an opportunity to improve the local shopping environment to improve the overall shopping experience.

The findings will be used to inform the Committee for Economic Development’s ongoing work in a number of areas, including as a key driver in the work to unlock the potential of the St Peter Port seafront, as prioritised by the States in the Policy & Resource Plan, which has the potential to deliver a number of the improvements suggested by respondents concerning the appearance and access of the St Peter Port retail environment.


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