A West Cornwall seaside town is bucking the trend of empty shops.
At picturesque St Ives, which boasts of being a year-round destination, only 4% of shops were empty – the sixth best performer in the region – and a figure which represented an improvement on last year.
Deputy mayor Colin Nicholls, who has run Colenso and Co DIY in the town centre for 45 years, put the success down to the town offering clean and attractive shopping.
"I watch some places complaining about not doing business, but so many towns leave their shops looking scruffy."
He added that second home owners deserved credit for keeping the town thriving.
"They take a lot of pride in the town they have invested in.
"They use local traders, local retailers, local restaurants and local services.
"They are an economy in themselves.
"In St Ives we have a good mix of the locals market, the second home owners and the visitor market."