ENTERPRISE Week kicked off at 7.30am on Monday morning at the Ramada Hotel, Grantham.
Scores of business leaders came together at the Swingbridge Road venue for the breakfast launch of a week of none-stop networking, coaching, advice and guidance – all geared-up to showcase the fact that Grantham means business.
South Kesteven District Council Chief Executive Beverly Agass led the way, welcoming those invited to get involved in uniting all forms of commerce in the town to one common aim – ensuring Grantham succeeds.
Responding to a floor question from Grantham Estates’ Jenny Sherlock – who was keen to know what SKDC was doing to tempt national and international businesses to Grantham – the chief executive was confident about the future.
She said: “It’s important that we get the message out to companies that Grantham is a good place to do business.”
“We live in one of the best areas in the country, where the quality of life is very good – the stunning countryside around us is reason alone to entice employees to live here and work for anyone.”
“We also have good schools, unmatched transport links and lots more to offer, so there’s a lot to be positive about.”
To drive home the positives, Strategic Director for SKDC Ian Yates led a presentation on some initiatives designed to breath life into commerce.
He said: “Grantham will be getting a brand new business park, one way or another. We are down to four options in terms of favoured sites, and we are now at the stage where we need to make tough decisions.”
Asked where those four possible sites were, he declined to comment.
He did, however, go on to say that business park would be supported by a Business Innovation Centre built as part of the Station Approach development.
Coun Frances Cartwright told Journal Editor James Mitchinson: “We are on the cusp of great things as we look towards the future here in Grantham.
“There is an unswerving determination from all of us to create a thriving economic hub, and we are now so near to a positive outcome. Let me be clear: we are off to a great start with a solid manufacturing base all around us, relatively low unemployment and excellent educational roots.”