The new town centre manager for Haverhill has spoken of her pride after starting the crucial new role.
Julie Clark will act as conduit for all town centre businesses as well as a liaison with Haverhill Town Council, West Suffolk Council and other stakeholders.
Julie, who lives in the town, spent more than 30 years working for Natwest in Haverhill, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.
And she thinks her background, both as a resident and former business manager, will prove key to working closely with the shops and professional services.
Julie, a former Castle Manor Academy student, said: “I am delighted to be the new town centre manager. I wanted something that would make a difference to the town where I live and work and I can’t wait to work closely with all the different businesses and stakeholders.
“The last year has been challenging for us all, but there is so much opportunity and goodwill from everyone who lives, works and visits Haverhill.
“I just want to do all I can to bring the town together and showcase what Haverhill has to offer.”
A family face while working at Natwest, Julie admitted that she took voluntary redundancy in December as she knew she was ready for a “fresh challenge”.
She added: “Haverhill is my home. I went to school here, my children were educated here and we have always had happy times in this town.
“I wanted something that would make an impact to my local area and this is a great chance to support local and shop local.”
Julie’s position was made possible through various funding acquired by the Heart of Haverhill group, set up by ONE Haverhill Partnership to support businesses in the town.
John Mayhew, spokesman for Heart of Haverhill, said: “We are delighted to have someone of Julie’s background in this important new role.
“She has a strong understanding of what it is like to run a business in the town centre and she is a proud resident of our town.
“Heart of Haverhill has already achieved many things to promote our businesses – from working with Haverhill Town Council on the Christmas event in 2019 to giving our businesses a higher profile and presence as they reopened this year.
“We know Julie will enhance this profile even further as well as driving the communication involving everyone who has the success of the town centre at their heart.”