b'4 TH -5 TH ERE M BS TPESponsored ByWELCOME TO THISSPECIAL FOODFEST EDITION! Welcome to this special edition of the H-town News. Sponsored by HSBC and organised by Hitchin BID, this years Festival will be held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September from10am to 4pm. We will have street food, live music, a largevariety of services, beauty salons and lots taster tent and family friendly activities. Weof places to eat and drink. Weve worked are also dedicating this edition and the festivaltirelessly to support our local establishments to the award winning food and drink offer inand ensure the town centre remains a vibrant, the town centre.clean, safe and well promoted environment for Over the past eighteen months we havethe public to enjoy and businesses to prosper. all had to adapt quickly and come to termsWe are delighted to have welcomed 28 new with measures that have been imposed onbusinesses to the town centre over the past a scale never seen before. Our much loved12 months which now has a vacancy rate a Hitchin town centre businesses have workedquarter of the national average. incredibly hard, making vital changes to theThis year we are cautiously reintroducing a way they interact with the public online and onseries of events and promotions in the town social media, promote their business and sellcentre. All these events are not only aimed at to customers. We are very fortunate to have aentertaining the public but we also encourage such a strong, passionate and determined mixlocal town centre businesses to get involved of independents in the town centre. and benefit from these activities. From a giant beach in the Market Place and family friendly As we move away from enforced restrictionstrails to Street Days and a Christmas Market, its important to note that the Government arewe have something for all ages to enjoyalso moving away from the financial supportthis year. that so many have relied on to stay afloat.Hitchin Town Centre has so much to offerTom Hardywith over 80 independent retailers, a wide Town Centre ManagerA Publication'