Along with many similar towns the length and breadth of the country, Wellington’s retail offering has been under pressure in recent years with many shop premises changing hands and some remaining empty for long periods of time.
But the town centre shopping zone has continued to thrive, thanks in no small way to the many small independent traders who attract customers into the town from the surrounding areas of Somerset and Devon.
With Asda, Co-op, and Waitrose, three of the country’s largest supermarket chains, also operating in Wellington, supplemented by locally owned supermarket Brocks, in Rockwell Green, the town’s quality shopping experience is genuinely exciting.
A myriad of other businesses also contribute to the Wellington economy and provide employment ranging from one-person home-based enterprises to major companies with several hundred employees.
There are internationally renowned names such as:
- Pritex – manufacturer of acoustic and thermo-acoustic insulation products for diverse applications in the automotive, industrial, and comfort sectors
- Relyon – maker of some of the world’s best high-quality mattresses, divan sets, and storage beds
- Swallowfield – an industry leader in aerosols with a world-leading reputation in the development and manufacture of personal care and beauty products
Or, leading businesses in their sector, such as:
- Wellesley Hospital – an NHS England pilot site for testing new approaches to delivering mental health care with 75 low and medium secure beds
- Wellington School – a co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged three to 18 years who come from all over the world
- Prolift Access – offering ‘working at height’ solutions everywhere from Cornwall to Hampshire and all places in between, including Europe’s largest construction site the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
Since the demise of the Wellington Business Association in 2019, which was in turn a successor to the former Wellington Chamber of Commerce, it has fallen on the Town Council to represent local business interests.
The Council set up a Town Centre Working Group to look at issues affecting the core of the retail area and how to boost footfall for the benefit of all, while wider business issues fall to the whole Council to consider.
A random sample of independent traders in the town centre includes The Blue Pantry for plastic-free, zero waste shopping; award-winning butcher Tim Potter and his daughter Katie’s pantry; new, used, and electric bicycle supplier King’s Cycles; pet food and pet care supplier Paws ‘n’ Claws; The Emporium, home to more than 50 shops offering thousands of homeware and gift items.
There is also a Farmers Market in the town centre on the first and third Saturdays of each month, and a Craft Market in the Scout Hall on the third Saturday monthly.
*(Please note the Town Council does not endorse any individual business)