Lessons must be learned

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We’re pleased to see some good news this week regarding the troubled Red Lion Quarter – it seems Boston College is to take responsibility for the whole building, thus removing any further potential burden from the tax payer.

South Holland District Council has already acknowledged that much of our criticism of the project is justified. The main priority in my mind is that lessons are learned from the findings of the inquiry so future such disasters can be avoided.

We are, of course, grateful for the opportunity to be involved in the steering group and we must remember that there are significant positive results such as the regeneration of a shabby area of town and gaining a high quality educational provider within the town centre. Of course, questions and concerns do not instantly disappear on hearing this news and we anxiously await full details of the proposal and its implications.

Chamber continues to engage with developer Corbo and the council regarding the proposed Holland Market scheme. We’re encouraged by comments from both parties regarding the importance of ensuring the long-term viability of the town centre as a whole. The potential for much needed investment in the town centre from Section 106 monies is significant, along with Corbo’s proposal to provide a “six-figure sum” to help fill vacant retail units. We shall remain open-minded until detailed plans are available, and we have been assured by the council of an extensive consultation period once they are.

One of the many benefits of Chamber membership are the numerous opportunities for networking. Business networking is an effective, low-cost marketing method for developing sales opportunities and contacts – it offers a way to engage with decision-makers which might otherwise be difficult to reach using conventional advertising methods.

With this in mind, why not sign up for our forthcoming Speed Networking event on Thursday, April 19 at Broad Street Business Centre? A light buffet and refreshments will be served at 5.30pm with the speed networking starting at 6pm, and the whole event is absolutely FREE OF CHARGE – our thanks go to PSP IT Design and Development for sponsoring the event.

Whether you’re a small retailer or a large business services provider, this is an opportunity not to be missed – for example a retailer only has to be successful in canvassing one new regular customer to make it worthwhile. The format is simple – one minute to introduce yourself and your business to the person sat opposite, the next minute they do the same for you and then move on to the next person and repeat.

Please note that pre-registration is essential – please go to the events page on our website www.spaldingareachamber.co.uk where you can find all the details and much more information about the Chamber.