Bid to boost Sheffield city centre after 5pm is welcomed

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Business bosses and residents have welcomed a bid to make Sheffield city centre more vibrant after hours.

The Alive After Five campaign will aim to keep visitors in shops, bars and restaurants between 5pm and 7pm, a time when footfall traditionally decreases.

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It is being led by the Sheffield city centre Business Development District and chiefs hope it will have a ‘transformational’ effect.

Laura Barker, aged 38, of Hillsborough, is the deputy manager at independent gift shop Bird’s Yard on Chapel Walk.

She said: ““I think a lot of people see that many shops close about 5pm and think there’s nothing going on so they go home.

“One way to keep people in the city centre is if everyone had extended open hours. “If we all started doing this again at least one evening a week then I’m sure businesses would benefit.”

Gemma Goodison, supervisor at independent coffee bar Brew and Bean on Cumberland Street, said the venue had hosted special events such as wine tasting in an attempt to get more people in later on.

She added:“Trade definitely drops off in early evening.

“I would support the initiative and I think if other places extended opening hours and had special events on this would increase footfall.”

Shoppers in the city centre also said that action was needed.

Barman Dominic Carter, aged 25, said: “The bottom of the town is dead come half five.”

And retired Ann Wilson, aged 65, said: “The shops and restaurants at Meadowhall stay open till late.

“I’d like to see the same thing in the town centre.”