Following reports of a buoyant local jobs market, based on reviews by Wellington Business Association, there’s more good news for the town this week. This month’s Somerset Life highlights the success of Wellington’s host of independent outlets which attract shoppers to browse the High Street. The article, ‘Independent Wellington’, also refers to last year’s report in The Times that placed the town as the third-best place in Britain to live.
The distinctive character of a town centre which has few chain store outlets, many independent food shops selling local produce and a number of pretty and comfortable coffee shops is reported as attracting both local custom and visitors from around the area. A classy Emporium hosting over 40 independent shops under one roof and clothes retailers offering a range of styles and fashions not found in major High Street stores contribute to Wellington’s “distinctive and intriguing” character according to Somerset Life’s Rachael Sharpe.
Whilst the article does not mention the town’s independent bookshop, its fine cinema and a very lively arts and music scene, they too contribute to the attraction of the town as a place in which to work and live as well as to visit.
To add even more to the local ‘feel-good factor’ there’s more to come in the next few weeks. With the opening of The Iron Duke on 30 August bringing an important, historic building back to life in the centre of the town, Wellington Food Festival on 3 September filling the streets with stalls to suit everyone’s taste, Sheppy’s cider and music festival, SheppyFest, and the Wellington Carnival on 28 September raising the curtain on Somerset’s carnival season, there’s lots to look forward to.
It’s not surprising that Somerset Life has concluded that “Wellington has everything you could wish for in a town”.