Big Rural Conference in Spalding

Gary Porter makes the closing remarks. ANL-160811-124823001
Gary Porter makes the closing remarks. ANL-160811-124823001
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Business representatives from rural communities across Lincolnshire packed into the South Holland Centre in Spalding for a special event on Thursday.

The Big Rural Conference, which was organised by the Big Lottery Fund, brought together over 100 delegates ranging from local projects to leading rural organisations such as ACRE, Plunkett, Sustain and the Rural Service Network.

The event was aimed at sharing good practice, building relationships and generating discussion around how rural organisations can work more effectively together.

It also featured a number of guest speakers and delegates took part in discussion groups and networking sessions.

Coun Gary Porter, the leader of South Holland District Council, gave a closing speech.

He said: “Rural economies get tucked away by the bigger urban areas, so events like this are so important for bringing businesses together and giving you the chance to work closely.

“As a council we make every effort to help and support firms in the district because we want a local economy that is vibrant and encourages growth, so I’m all for events like this.

“I want to thank everyone who came along today and the Big Lottery Fund for putting on such a positive event.”

Jonathan Clarke, from the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Rural communities are important to the Fund and we recognise the particular issues facing people living and working in them.

“We were very pleased to convene this important conference in the market town of Spalding to discuss these challenges, share experiences and examine the opportunities for us to work together to make a real difference in places just like this in the future.”