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Former bira CEO Alan Hawkins, William Woods of Woods of Harrogate and current bira CEO Andrew Goodacre
By Bira

Pushing the indie agenda in Harrogate

THE SHOP VACANCY rate in Harrogate is about 7.7%, well below the national average of around 12.5%, but bira member William Woods sees no reason to be complacent about the health of the independent sector in the Yorkshire spa town.

“Being different is vital. Harrogate has to offer an experience that no other town offers and independent quality shops are an essential part of that,” he said.

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