Business is thriving

AMID reports of new businesses flocking to Portishead, the town's established traders say they too are helping to fuel the town's economy.

AMID reports of new businesses flocking to Portishead, the town's established traders say they too are helping to fuel the town's economy.

Thanks to the growth of the town, many of the existing business are not only surviving the recession but are experiencing an upturn in trade.

The Robert John Hair and Beauty Group this year celebrates 40 years in Portishead, Steve Allen has been teaching people in the town to drive for 30 years, dentist Francis Dowler is celebrating 25 and stationers Morgan Westley and Freemans Entertainment Centre have been trading in the town for more than 45 years.

Another familiar business personality celebrating 40 years in the town is estate agent Andrew Hill.


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He began selling houses in Portishead from an office in Combe Road when he first moved to the area 1969.

Now based at 49 High Street, he works with his wife Roz who handles property lettings.

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When the markets have been tough Andrew has diversified and now also specialises in overseas property as well as those right on his doorstep.

Andrew, who has been a keen member of Portishead Lions Club for 40 years, said: "Portishead is full of well-established businesses run by locals for locals, it's not something you get in many towns these days.

"We have a lot to be proud of and I hope the people of Portishead will carry on supporting the businesses to ensure they continue to thrive.

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