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Would you like to sign up to the HTA?

A wide range of businesses have already chosen to sign up to the HTA. Everyone who has chosen to sign up have an aim of improving Houghton-le-Spring going forward.

Have your say on pressing issues affecting the town centre, and if you feel that you have an idea you would like us to relay to the Council, just let us know.

The only requirement in order for you to join the HTA is that you own or represent a business in Houghton-le-Spring.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on our site, or need to get in touch with us, contact us through one of the methods below. If necessary, we will take the information you provide us to our next Committee Meeting, and will do our best to come back with the most accurate answer.

All traders are welcome to join us. Together we can achieve more!


Take a look below at the committee members of the Houghton Traders Association.


Andrew Oliver – Elected Chairman

Andrew Oliver is the proprietor of Just Sew interiors, a soft furnishing company specializing in bespoke curtains, cushions and wall coverings. Based in the Newbottle street, Houghton, Just sew interiors have become diverse and become a leading web based retailer,, and displaying on the high-street.

Stuart McIlwraith – Secretary

Stuart is the proprietor of Houghton Computers, in Newbottle Street, dealing with all kinds of PC and Laptop repairs, as well as maintenance and upgrades.

Lee Harnett

Lee has been on Newbottle Street for just over a decade and has seen many changes over the years. Working in the Print and Design sector he works with customers from new business start ups, local authority, national chains and political parties. Lee is keen to get people on the high street by good marketing, publications and voucher discount booklets, aswell as attracting future events and other carnival activities to run through the year aside from the October Feast.

Michael McGlinchley

Michael is the owner of Peppercorn Coffee Shop and Restraunt in Houghton.


Welcome to the Houghton Traders association website, we are a group of Retailers or Traders from the Houghton-le-Spring area, passionate about the shopping experience in Houghton. Together we form a voice, and raise issues with councils and their representatives to tackle issues to improve the whole of Houghton.



 The traders association will be commonly known as HTA.

Shop Local

 We will tirelessly campaign for our message SHOP LOCAL.


 We endeavour to attract a wider diversity of shops in the Houghton Area.

Join Us

All traders are welcome to join us, and together we can achieve more!