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Retail business booms along M40 near Banbury

3 February 2021
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Banbury-based White Commercial Surveyors have successfully overseen a spate of retail shop openings along the northern sector of the M40 during the 2020 and 2021, despite disrupted trading conditions created by the COVID- 19 pandemic.

The surveyors have leased retail accommodation to a variety of retailers during this period including 10 Horse Fair Banbury to Vanjordans coffee shop, sold Banbury’s Ex Post Office building 57-58 High Street to a property developer, leased 37-38 Church Lane to Fit Cookie Supplements, 22 High Street Banbury let to Pepe’s Piri Piri Restaurant, 1-2 Malting Square Yaxley for use as a pound shop and mobile phone repair, 6a Causeway Bicester let to Gemini Hairdressers, 30 Bridge Street for use as a gym on the first floor and an international supermarket on the ground floor, 40a High Street Banbury to The Italian Larder food store and other entrepreneurs looking to provide local and regional services to the regions expanding population and economy.

The London to Birmingham M40 corridor continues to witness significant growth with a rapidly expanding population – likely to increase with future de-centralisation from the UK’s largest cities, and changing working patterns created by the pandemic.

Oxfordshire already has one of the strongest economies in the UK, contributing £23bn Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK exchequer in 2017 and has one of the highest concentrations of innovation assets in the world, with universities, science, technology and business parks which are at the forefront of global innovation in transformative technologies and sectors; such as fusion technology, autonomous vehicles, quantum computing, cryogenics, space, life sciences and digital health.

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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