Durham Business Improvement District (Durham BID) has announced that footfall is continuing to rise as the number of shoppers visiting the city has grown by 1.5% this year.

As well as an annual increase, the City has enjoyed a 6% boost in the number of visitors during October half term compared to the same time last year.

Adam Deathe, Business Engagement Manager for Durham BID, said: “We’re obviously delighted that footfall has continued on an upward trajectory. This rise reflects the high quality offer in Durham City – the unique mix of independent retailers alongside major high street brands gives visitors a wonderful choice of retail, dining, leisure and entertainment options right here in Durham City.

“The North East public love Durham and we’re delighted that this shows how just how much! We’re bucking the national average as September for example saw a decline nationally of 1.2% – but Durham saw an uplift of 6.75%.”

The addition of late night opening has also seen an uplift – Durham BID’s Thursdays InDurham initiative has increased footfall by 63% on Thursday evenings since it started in May.

Adam added: “Businesses participating in Thursdays InDurham are reporting very encouraging signs which is wonderful to see. Late night opening is obviously a welcome addition to the retail offer in Durham and customers are enjoying even more time in the City for shopping, dining and leisure.

“Don’t forget that Belmont Park & Ride is running later each Thursday too, so getting to and from the City is so simple for late night shoppers – perfect for those making a start on their Christmas shopping.”

Durham BID runs a number of major events across the City each year, alongside a jam packed monthly event calendar which includes the hugely successful InDurham Weekends on the third weekend of each month.

For more information on Durham BID visit www.durhambid.co.uk