Retailers forum gets backing after talks

Traders based in The Crescent, Spalding, who are invited to join a new retailers forum in the town.  ENGANL00120120512154939

Traders based in The Crescent, Spalding, who are invited to join a new retailers forum in the town. ENGANL00120120512154939

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The first steps have been taken to give traders in Spalding a united voice after a meeting in the town this week.

About 25 people from businesses in Spalding town centre were at a meeting inside Sainsbury’s cafe, Holland Market, to discuss the launch of a new Spalding Retailers Forum.

The meeting, organised by members of Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce, included an update on plans to appoint a town centre manager who would be responsible for improving and drawing more people into the town centre.

Julie Grant, owner of Butters outdoor clothing shop in New Road, Spalding, said: “In my opinion, as this was the first meeting to be held, there was a reasonable turnout from the retailers of Spalding which shows there is positive interest in taking this town forward.

“Those who attended were a cross-section of business owners and managers, from both independent and high street firms, all having the same goal of working together to improve our town.”

The appointment of a town centre manager is coming about after South Holland District Council cabinet members agreed to funding of £74,000 for the post, with the cash coming from the developers of Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding.

Julie said: “The distribution of monies from the Springfields development has been a long, drawn-out process and the recruitment of a town centre manager is long overdue.

“Now with the right person in place, we as retailers have a chance to work with them to pull the town centre round and, in time, to make it a place shoopers want to visit and then come back to.”

The forum is to meet again at Sainsbury’s on April 16, with two separate meetings at 7.30am and 6pm.