Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce president Phil Scarlett writes his monthly column
Markets and Car Parks
We welcome South Holland District Council’s initiative to review its market and car parks long-term plans and have submitted our views to Quarterbridge who are carrying out the work on their behalf.
We strongly believe that a thriving market leads to a vibrant town centre and that the council must make this happen. Our main criticism is that there has been no enthusiasm or ownership within the council for the markets and they seem to look at it as a hassle that they would rather not have to deal with.
I welcomed the introduction of traffic wardens to free up on-street parking and allow residents the opportunity to visit the town and shop for short periods of time.
We were assured that the re-introduction of traffic wardens was not an income generation scheme for Lincolnshire County Council but its aim was to stop all-day parking which had become the norm.
I have been told of the traffic warden’s no tolerance attitude and the frustration of getting a parking ticket on a Sunday but to see a traffic warden on duty on Bank Holiday Monday at 8am only proves that they have one purpose and that is to make money.
Following last year’s successful Business Awards lunch our members asked us to move the event to a gala dinner and to have a separate networking/enterprise event at a later date.
The awards dinner will take place on Thursday, November 20 at Springfields Event Centre and the enterprise event next February.
There are six award categories and entries are open to all businesses across South Holland, including Crowland, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Pinchbeck and Spalding. Companies do not have to be members of Chamber to enter.
Entry forms are now available by emailing enquiries@Lincs-Chamber.co.uk All applications must be submitted before the deadline of Friday, October 3.
Making an entry is not difficult and I would encourage businesses to take the time and effort to enter. Entering and winning an award can make a significant difference to a company.
It helps to differentiate them from competitors as well as generating significant media interest. Possibly of more importance is the boost that it gives to staff morale as it recognises their contribution to your company’s success.
This year we are delighted to welcome Work Based Learning Alliance as overall sponsors for the 2014 South Holland Business Awards.
Our other sponsors are: Business of the Year – the Butters Group; Small Business of the Year – Chattertons Solicitors; Supporting the Community – Definitions Health & Fitness; Business Innovation – Duncan & Toplis; Apprentice of the Year – Holbeach Academy; Customer Care – Ringrose Law. South Holland District Council have agreed to sponsor the event programme.
Tickets to attend are now available for £22 for Chamber members and £27 for non-members. Tickets include a three-course dinner before the award ceremony starts.
Learn more about Spalding and District Chamber of Commerce: visit our website at www.spaldingareachamber.co.uk