Independents to have their day with new online forum

John Hayes MP tries out the new Spalding Links website with (back) Marcus Palmer, Jack McLean, Demi Blackbourn, Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant, (front) Demi Blackbourn and Christine Grocock.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG200215-114TW.
John Hayes MP tries out the new Spalding Links website with (back) Marcus Palmer, Jack McLean, Demi Blackbourn, Spalding town centre manager Dennis Hannant, (front) Demi Blackbourn and Christine Grocock. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG200215-114TW.
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Help is at hand for small and medium-sized businesses in South Holland up against the might of the major brands and global firms.

Spalding Links is the idea of Pinchbeck-based Drive by Websites whose original plan to launch a directory for independent traders across the district, reported on by the Free Press two years ago, has been expanded to embrace the explosion in social media websites.

Christine Grocock, director of Drive by Websites, said: “Our web developer Jack McLean thought the site needed to be more of a social networking site, as well as a Buy Local directory, to encourage people to use it and keep on coming back to it.

“Over the last few years, there’s been a huge amount of press coverage in respect of the Buy Local concept, in addition to the wide scale use of social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

“Following on from the success of Spalding’s Independent’s Day in 2013, we recognised a need within the local community to carry this success forward.”

Traders who sign up at www.spaldinglinks.co.uk have access to an events calendar, business stories and a directory of shops, hairdressers, agricultural specialists and training providers.

Marcus Palmer, owner of M J P Supplies in Gedney, said: “Spalding Links is a great way for business owners to network online, connect with other businesses with whom you could do business in the future and help out others.”