Figures from retail analytics firm Springboard show that the scheme also saw visitor numbers climb 9.6 per cent between midday and 2pm, the Guardian reports.

The initiative offers people a 50 per cent discount up to £10 per person at participating venues throughout August between Mondays and Wednesdays, which are usually the quietest days of the week.

More than 72,000 businesses are now signed up to the scheme, everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to independent brands and mainstream chains.

Smaller market towns seem to have benefited the most thus far, with footfall increasing 25 per cent over the first three days of the week, with regional cities seeing a 19.2 per cent hike.

However, footfall across all retail destinations in the UK is still a third lower than it was in 2019, with a decline of 34 per cent year on year seen last week.

“As the scheme continues throughout August and more Britons enjoy staycations across the UK, time will tell if the government scheme provides the boost that retail destinations across the country require for business survival,” insights director with Springboard Diane Wehrle said.

It’s also now Shop Local Week this week (Aug 10th), which may well help businesses in local communities bounce back. Encourage your customers to remember that shopping locally will pump money into the local economy, aiding the national recovery across the country.

Offering competitive prices and rewards for your regular customers can really help drive footfall, so make sure you shout about offers you’re running at the moment.

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