The Matlock Bath Report?
The Matlock Bath Report has been withdrawn. This web site used to host the report, which was due for an update, but in the current desperate economic climate now faced by the whole world, let alone Britain, I have decided there's little point in continuing with it. Suggesting ways foreward for a small village surrounded by a global sea of decline seems trite.
Matlock Bath will ride the wave if it continues to promote it's uniqueness and businesses keep a broad outlook without pandering to what seems the most prevalent or obvious. Tourism, interest and entertainment must be it's prime target throughout the year and not tedious, worn out and unattractive stigmas.
It's conservation area appeal needs to be preserved, though that is not so much a matter of finding money to throw at it but more a matter of keeping a tight reign on what already exists and policing it very carefully. In recent years one or two traders have been chipping away the details without control. Desperation has a tattiness about it that defeats its objective.
We have a proven track record here with our business and have been very successful by knowing what we are doing, why we are doing it and pitching toward a definite market. With that level of focus Matlock Bath is as good a place as any to run a business profitably - even in such difficult times.