Calling independent retailers in Grantham into action

Josh Shield and David Charles, Grantham Computer Centre.
Josh Shield and David Charles, Grantham Computer Centre.
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Independent retailers are standing side by side in a bid to shape the future of the town centre and make Grantham a better shopping destination.

More than two dozen businesses have signed up to the Grantham Independent Retailers Association (GIRA), which will meet for the first time on Wednesday evening.

Behind the initiative is David Charles, owner of Grantham Computer Centre in Guildhall Street. He hopes to boost trade for independents by creating an identity for GIRA which customers recognise, help businesses to network and share ideas, and encourage signposting between retailers.

He said: “From there, we could form an action group to improve the market, we could improve the ambience of the town, we could look at areas of town that need cleaning up, we could look at doing something about the empty shops...”

While the Journal was talking to David about GIRA, Delia Bowerbank walked into the computer centre and signed up. Delia owns Westgate Crafts with her husband Malcolm.

She said: “If we join together we will have some kind of influence on decisions that are made in the town. As independent retailers, we are all passionate about our businesses and we want to thrive.”

Wednesday’s meeting in Grantham will begin at 6pm, and will include several speakers. For venue details, call David on 01476 404400.