A new website for businesses in Holbeach has been launched on social media as a way of improving the town’s fortunes.
The Holbeach Local (www.facebook.com/The-Holbeach-Local), launched on Monday, is open to all traders and businesses based in the area to promote their services and attract customers into the town and surrounding area.
About 100 people visited the site within an hour of it going online, just one of several ideas which came out of a meeting of business owners and members of Holbeach Parish Council on Monday night.
The new liaison group met for the first time to discuss issues, including the need for more parking spaces and signage for Holbeach town centre, brightening up business premises and promoting the town as place to visit.
Michelle Moffat of Central Fish Bar in High Street, Holbeach, said: “The Holbeach Local page on Facebook is a breath of fresh air because it’s free and can reach as wide an audience as possible.
“There are a lot of issues in Holbeach but I don’t feel that the town is on its own and if we can tackle them together, one issue at a time, we can have an effect.
There are a lot of issues in Holbeach but if we can tackle them together, one issue at a time, we can have an effectMichelle Moffat, Central Fish Bar, Holbeach
“We’ve got to start somewhere and I feel positive about what we’re doing.”
The partnership between businesses and civic leaders in Holbeach arose from Holbeach Parish Council’s December meeting where traders raised their concerns about a decision to move the town’s twice-weekly market from High Street to Boston Road South car park.
Parish council chairman Coun Isobel Hutchinson, who chaired Monday’s meeting, said: “I think it was very constructive and, at least, we have a game plan as to the way forward.
“Having The Holbeach Local page up and running on Facebook, so soon after the meeting, is a good thing and I’ve been round to some of the businesses and encouraged them to get on board with it.”
Lisa Teague, who runs her own kitchenware shop in High Street, Holbeach, said: “It’s about getting the foundations secured so that, with the goodwill and support of Holbeach, we can know which direction we’re heading in.”