Town team bids to boost Boston’s economy


Businesses can have their say on the future of Boston at the first meeting of a new ‘Town Team’ set up to help boost trade.

The group’s first meeting will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday, January 20, at the Assembly Rooms with all firms invited to attend.

Jenny Elwick, from the Boston Area Chamber of Commerce which is behind the newly-formed Town Team, believes it will only be as successful as the local business people supporting it – and wants to use the meeting to gather feedback and encourage community input.

She said: “At the meeting we’re looking to gather views and objectives for the Town Team. We also want to recruit a number of enthusiastic Boston loving board members to help drive our plans forward. Our reach is going much wider than just retail.

“Our invitation is to businesses across the whole town, from public to private sector. Boston town centre is a community and we’d love our Town Team and voluntary board members to reflect it.

“There is no doubt that high streets are changing, but we believe that this doesn’t mean that they have to disappear altogether or stop reinventing themselves. In her high street campaign, retail guru Mary Portas reminds us that unless urgent action is taken, much of Britain will lose its high streets which in her eyes are fundamental to our society.”

The meeting will start at 5.30pm with refreshments and networking, and will be followed by a series of short presentations at 6pm.

Presentations will include a review of the recent activities of the Town Team, case study examples on other UK Town Teams, and a Q&A session with Gainsborough Town Manager Samantha Mellows.

It marks the first formal body to replace Boston BID after traders voted to ditch the initiative – which was subject to a mandatory levy – in 2013.