A FLURRY of new businesses have recently opened in Stroud town centre.

Four outlets have newly opened in the centre of the town, with a leading business figure claiming that 'this is a good sign of a recovering local economy.'

Gateway to India - run by South African couple Jay and Pat Naidu - offers a range of products at its shop right next to the train station.

Items include hot beverages, Indian snacks and specialised teas.

A range of vitamins, supplements and ailments are stocked.

They also want to hire out the venue for local therapists.

Bodhi Beauty is located in Russell Street.

It is run by Jenifer - who grew up in King’s Stanley - and Ellie, who was born in Stroud.

At the store they offer eyelash and eyebrow enhancements, prescriptive skin facials and nutrient rich nail treatments.

They also plan to host wellness events including meditation, breathwork and inner healing workshops.

"We hope to be an asset to the community and bring joy to many lives," they said.

Heather Coleman Jewellery is located in Gloucester Street.

Ms Coleman - who grew up near Berkeley but has lived in Stroud for 12 years - is a former engineer who retrained at the world renowned Birmingham Jewellery School.

At the shop she designs and sells handmade jewellery, cleans and repairs jewellery, and offers one-to-one jewellery making lessons.

"The response to the shop has been wonderful," she said.

Finally, Stroud Waffles - located in Nelson Street - sells a range of Waffles, desserts, ice-creams, smoothies and milkshakes.

It is open from 3pm to 11pm everyday except on Mondays when it is shut.

“Seeing new businesses opening up in our towns is a good sign of a recovering local economy,” said Tony Davey, chair of Stroud Chamber of Trade.

“The pandemic has undoubtedly had a significant impact on our high streets, an impact that is not over yet, but the signs of a strengthening local economy are there and we have more independent businesses being added to our unique and diverse towns.

“We urge our communities to help support their businesses and economy.”