Epworth task force aims to bring in more trade

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 7 Jul 2017

BUSINESS owners in an Isle town have hatched a plan to bring more trade to the area.

Amanda Benson, owner of Tiggy’s Tearoom in Epworth, said several businesses have  teamed up to raise the town’s profile in an attempt to bring in visitors as well as encouraging residents to do their shopping locally.

The group is called the Epworth Trade of Commerce Nicola to check name of group on Tuesday and their campaign is called Shop Local, Support Epworth.

Group secretary Amanda said she also hoped the campaign would help some shops that are struggling.

She said: “I thought we needed to raise Epworth’s profile to attract more people to the area.

“My partner Joseph went to Seven Lakes Country Park to hand flyers out advertising my tearoom. He had been told 3,000 people stay there at any one time and it made me think that we need to attract people in from the park.

“Ninety per cent of them are holiday makers who like to get in their car and drive somewhere, so we need to get them to Epworth – we have a lot to offer.

“There will be visitors in the park that don’t even know we exist but we have such a variety of shops, there is everything really.”

Amanda has recently attended an Isle school assembly to  give children the chance to take part in a poster competition which will see the winner’s posters displayed in local shops urging the public to do their shopping in Epworth.

The group has also designed leaflets to hand out which have a map of Epworth on, showing visitors unfamiliar with the area where all the shops are.

Amanda said the campaign was about businesses working for the good of one another.

She said: “Since opening a business it has been really nice for me, I’ve made so many new friends.

“I was new to having a business but now I feel like we are a close community of businesses working together for one goal.

“We are all working for the prosperity of the town.” 

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