Helping to achieve town’s potential

Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett ANL-140627-124640001
Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett ANL-140627-124640001
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Chamber Talk: Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett writes his monthly column


Dennis Hannant has been recruited as the Spalding town centre manager to shape the future of the town and help unite businesses so Spalding can achieve its full potential.

Dennis has had a 43 year career in the Army and brings many years of military and commercial business experience to the role. He starts in November and I hope he is made welcome by everyone.

Dennis demonstrated a good understanding of the town and the challenges we face. He showed a determination and enthusiasm to deliver events and activities that will invigorate the town centre. His military background will provide essential planning and organisational skills.

Within the next month the Chamber of Commerce will establish a management board, made up from the funding partners and local businesses.

This board will be responsible for managing and supporting Dennis.

Jointly with Dennis they will produce a business plan for the town centre which will include short and long-term deliverable objectives.

South Holland 
Business Awards

The awards dinner will take place on Thursday, November 20 at Springfields Event Centre. There are six award categories and entries are open to all businesses across South Holland.

Companies do not have to be members of Chamber to enter.

Entry forms are now available from Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce by emailing All applications must be submitted before Friday, October 3.

The award categories are: Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Supporting the Community, Business Innovation of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and Customer Care Award.

Book your tickets now, at £22 for Chamber members and £27 for non-members, including a three course dinner.

Gold for Spalding

I was delighted when I heard the news that we had struck gold.

This award is an acknowledgement not just for this year’s effort but for the many years the Spalding Bloomers have worked tirelessly.

This year they made an extra special effort as we just missed gold last year and this was spearheaded by Jan Whitbourne from Tulip Radio who stepped up and organised volunteers to tidy up the town, organised the judges route and generally chased us along.

I must also make a special mention about the Williams family. Pete and Steph took the time and personal expense to replant the flower planters outside Boots and Longstaff and weeded along shop fronts and street furniture in Hall and Market Place.

They also arranged hanging baskets on the Spalding Magistrates’ Court on the day of the judging. Ben Williams, who was our “flower fairy”,-- made sure that hanging baskets appeared overnight to minimise disruption to shoppers.

I must also thank the many Spalding businesses who sponsored hanging baskets and brightened up the town centre.

All the hard work has paid off.