Chamber bosses praise town centre manager

Dennis Hannant has been praised for his work to boost Spalding town centre.
Dennis Hannant has been praised for his work to boost Spalding town centre.
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Chamber of Commerce bosses are united in praise for Spalding’s town centre manager, Dennis Hannant, for organising activities and bringing more people into town during his first year in post.

Mr Hannant is praised for his contribution to projects including the Spalding Food Festival and Spalding in Bloom as well as delivering a town centre plan, called the Springfields Effect.

Simon Beardsley, chief executive of the Lincolnshire chamber, said: “We are pleased that the activity organised in the last year is having an effect on the town centre, and we hope to see it go from strength to strength.”

Spalding and District Area Chamber president Phil Scarlett said: “The Spalding Food festival was a great success and something to build on in the future.

“It should not be underestimated the amount of time and resource that went into organising this event.

“We are grateful to Dennis for his hard work in organising the design and implementation of the Food Festival website which advertised the event and provided the facility for stall holders and exhibitors to purchase a pitch online.”

And Matt Clark, who chairs the Chamber’s town centre management board, said: “His work and devotion to his role, throughout the 12 months has continued to impress.”

Among other projects this year from Mr Hannant were the first joint Spalding town centre/Springfields Retail Outlet flyers, which advertised six town centre businesses and drew visitors into Spalding, a key move to help town traders capitalise on the outlet’s 2.4million visitors.