Grantham Journal column: What do you think would help us to improve Grantham?

Young Business Person of the Year runner-up Amber Kitching at the  Grantham Journal Business Awards 2016.

Young Business Person of the Year runner-up Amber Kitching at the Grantham Journal Business Awards 2016.

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Grantham, like many smaller towns, has seen a lot of change and disruption over the past two decades. Some have brought high levels of investment to the town and improved the quality of life we have, whereas others have fallen by the wayside and become a bit of a white elephant.

Rightly or wrongly, Grantham has developed into a different town than it was 20 years ago. Suffering losses in the retail section, but making huge headway in technology and engineering. But why concentrate on the things we have lost, rather than the things we have gained? Grantham needs to start viewing itself how other people see us; as one of the best.

Yes Grantham has its negative points, but it also has a lot it should be proud of. High quality businesses, a town centre rich in culture and history with new national shops investing all the time. One of the main things businesses say they like about this town is the people. A strong community spirit that works in the best interests of the town.

Go Grantham is trying to channel that community spirit by developing a Business Improvement District. A BID is a business-led project with the sole purpose of bringing about real positive change to a town. It will be a catalyst; an injection of funds and enthusiasm led by the business community to push Grantham towards becoming an innovation growth hub, encouraging local investment and development opportunities.

This project will provide a platform for businesses to decide on the priorities for our town and where we want to see investment made. We want businesses to be inspired to accomplish more together, be proactive in taking responsibility for improving our town through local engagement and strong working partnership.

What those priorities are and where the investment will be spent are questions we are asking businesses and the local community. How do you want to see Grantham grow? What do you think would help us to improve our town? We are inviting everyone to get involved and tell us how they want to see Grantham develop through social media and our website.

How many times have we said ‘they’ ought to do that? Together we can re-ignite civic pride that Grantham has been missing by overcoming negative views and creating positive change. Together we can prove to ourselves that we are in fact on of the best in the county.

Let’s make Grantham great!