A RECENT ‘surge’ of new businesses in Stroud town centre have been welcomed.

Multiple new businesses have reopened or are due to reopen in the town centre.

Trading Post is being reopened as Health Nuts which would entail yoga, meditation, live music, workshops and a juice bar.

An alcohol licence application has been submitted to reopen the former Corner House in London Road as a restaurant called Julie. 

Peanuts New York and Smokehouse in George Street is set to open soon while the old chip shop in Stroud High Street has reopened as the Green Shop. 

The former Frome Valleys Kitchen unit in Gloucester Street will reopen soon as Click and Cod. 

In addition, Ecotricity owner Dale Vince has issued an update on the company's building in the town centre which he says will 'give the town a boost.'

Some staff have now returned to the office based in Russell Street. 

Founder of Ecotricity, Dale Vince said: “We’re pleased to bring our office in Russell Street back into use. 

"It’s in part due to a change in working practice for our people, post pandemic.

"The balance between working from home and working in the office has shifted more to the office and it’s also partly due to needing the space for more staff. 

"That will give the town an extra boost which is good for local shops and cafes.”

Mayor Tony Davey said: "As chair of the regeneration Committee on Stroud Town Council, I am delighted to welcome this surge of new businesses to our vibrant town.

“These new establishments will undoubtedly enhance the diverse array of independent shops and eateries that make Stroud such a distinctive and pleasant place to visit for both residents and visitors alike.

"We're particularly excited about the variety of new ventures coming to Stroud.

“These developments, along with the lovely garden area at The Imperial, which was noted in our recent regeneration meeting, all contribute to making Stroud an even more appealing destination.

“We believe these new businesses will not only create jobs and boost our local economy but also complement our existing independent retailers and eateries, further cementing Stroud's reputation as a unique and thriving market town.

“We look forward to supporting these new ventures and seeing the positive impact they will have on our community."