Fareham Borough Council held a Business Breakfast yesterday (26 February) at Ferneham Hall for business traders in Fareham Town Centre. They had the chance to hear about a number of new initiatives, as well as listen to talks from guest speakers.
At the meeting, business traders listened to a presentation which looked at what the council has done so far to improve the town centre, including new seating areas, a new website and new sign posts helping people to find their way around the Town Centre. They also heard about new initiatives including a new high-level banner to promote events in the Town Centre, new pop-up market stalls and a Business Mentoring and Support Scheme.
Andy Pringle from Enterprise First gave a talk on the new Business Mentoring and Support scheme which will help both new and existing businesses in Fareham. The free scheme includes a knowledge bank of business support packages, advice on reaching potential customers via social media and advice on things such as how to access finance and sourcing and managing properties. The first 'support session' will be held later in March and will allow new and existing businesses to come and talk to Enterprise First.
Guest speaker, Tim Clark, from Hughes Ellard Limited also attended to talk about the vibrancy of Fareham Town Centre from a commercial perspective including its strengths and weaknesses and future prospects.
There was then an opportunity for the attendees to ask questions and raise issues. Potential areas of improvement were identified by attendees and these will be looked into by the Council.
James Kendall from Manhattan's Pizza went along to the event and said: "I wanted to come along today to see what's going on in the town centre and how things might affect us as a business. It was interesting to hear what has been done to help improve the Town Centre."
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward said: "It's always great to get business traders along to these meetings to make sure that they know what is going on in the Town Centre and how things may affect them, and it's really interesting to hear what they have to say. The council has done lots of things to help keep up the vibrancy of the Town Centre and it's important that we communicate this to business traders and work together to help make Fareham Town Centre a popular destination to residents and visitors."
For more information about Fareham Town Centre please visit www.farehamtowncentre.co.uk .
For more information about the Business Mentoring and Support scheme please contact Andy Pringle on 01252 319 272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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