Bags of sup­port for BID team

Stockport Express - - Business - BY HE­LEN WHITE To­tally Stock­port

SINCE the Stock­port Busi­ness Im­prove­ment District launched in April, a warm, orange glow has be­gun to fil­ter out across the bor­ough.

The To­tally Stock­port ‘red coats’ team have been out and about again pro­mot­ing the town cen­tre and the busi­nesses within the BID area.

In Au­gust, Foodie Fri­day, the Stock­port Clas­sic Car Show and Poyn­ton Show be­came a sea of orange as vis­i­tors col­lected their to­tally free, To­tally Stock­port tote bags, a per­fect ac­com­pa­ni­ment for a shop­ping trip to Stock­port.

Al­though the A6 through Stock­port is cur­rently closed for es­sen­tial re­pairs, Stock­port is very much open and at­tract­ing new busi­nesses on an al­most weekly ba­sis. Of­fice oc­cu­pancy is at a re­cent high.

But it isn’t just the com­mer­cial busi­ness com­mu­nity who are en­joy­ing an up­surge. New en­ter­prises to at­tract vis­i­tors are also choos­ing to lo­cate their busi­ness here.

The Old Town has at­tracted two very dif­fer­ent restau­ra­teurs in the past few months, namely Sam Buck­ley and Matt Nutter, who have brought with them their own unique style of din­ing.

The two are al­ready mak­ing waves across the north west’s culi­nary in­dus­try; they are cur­rently in the run­ning for an amaz­ing six awards in the pres­ti­gious Manch­ester Food & Drink Fes­ti­val Awards.

Sit­ting per­fectly in the Mar­ket Place, both restau­rants would sit just as per­fectly along­side the pre­ferred eater­ies of Chelsea and Kens­ing­ton. Another busi­ness bring­ing a touch of the cap­i­tal to Stock­port is Tramp, a hair bou­tique with a def­i­nite twist.

Ready to ruf­fle a few feath­ers and make waves in the styling world are cat­walk stylists Kristin Evans and Naomi Gra­ham, who de­scribe their lat­est ven­ture as ‘burst­ing with colour and vi­brancy – an In­sta­gram­mer’s Dream’.

The pair spent years sharp­en­ing their own unique style on the fa­mous and fab­u­lous of Lon­don and New York, in­clud­ing Amy Wine­house, Noel Field­ing and Agnes Deyn – as well as work­ing on Lon­don Fash­ion Week, the BAFTAs and the BRIT awards.

Now back in Naomi’s home town they chose Lit­tle Un­der­banks for its quirky, creative and slightly edgy feel and nick­named the area #stock­port­soho.

So Stock­port is very much open – come and sam­ple the new de­lights

Kris­tian Evans and Naomi Gra­ham at their new salon on Lit­tle Un­der­bank in Stock­port

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