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More than 80 percent of shop units in Heckmondwike are occupied.

Despite the hit town centres have taken since the recession in 2007, 82 per cent of units in the town centre are taken by traders.

Out of 153 units, 126 are occupied, and just 27 are to let or for sale.

Out of four pubs in the town centre, three are open and one, the Queen Hotel, is closed.

Heckmondwike has a mix of independent retailers, such as Hecky Pets, The Cake Maker’s Shop, and Knit One Purl One, and chain stores, such as Superdrug, Peacock’s and Store 21.

Simon Thirkill, Heckmondwike Business Alliance chairman and owner of the Blue Moon Cafe in Westgate, said: “We have seen our business carry on growing. The town has increased the number of full shops.”

Simon said judging the strength of the high street was difficult because of Kirklees Council’s £750,000 road resurfacing scheme, which meant roads had been closed in the town centre and businesses affected.

He said: “We will have a clearer understanding once the roadworks have gone. I think confidence is collectively quite high – trade seems to have increased steadily and new traders are coming to the town, but the market needs a lot more support.

“As a community we are rising to the challenge and coming together to put on events, and we want to make sure we keep that going.”