Hopes new retail figurehead can help revive St Peter Port town centre

Around 20 shop units in St Peter Port are currently vacant. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A local business group in Guernsey hopes the appointment of a new figurehead for the sector can boost footfall and reduce the number of empty shops in St Peter Port.

While island's the second lockdown has meant non-essential retailers have had to close temporarily, around 20 shop units in the centre of town are currently vacant.

Guernsey Retail Group is currently recruiting a Head of Retail Development in an effort to head off any long-term decline.

The full time role will involve working with local businesses to help develop the island's retail sector and try and address some of the challenges they face, also liaising with government to inform decision-making on the issue.

We've seen that islanders are keen to support and shop local where they can, especially over this past year, thanks to the #GuernseyTogether and #ShopLocalGsy messages. We want the new candidate to build on these initiatives and encourage more people to visit all of the wonderful stores we have all over the island.

Jonathan Creasey, Chairman of the Guernsey Retail Group

The Guernsey Retail Group has been backed by the Committee for Economic Development, which has invested funding from the Future Guernsey Economic Fund to encourage more growth in the retail sector.