<By Julie Clark, Haverhill Town Centre Manager>
Hello and welcome to my first column as your new Town Centre Manager – a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on our fantastic town and the businesses based within it.
It seems only right to start by talking about how proud I am to start this brand new role, which is managed by Heart of Haverhill.
I was a student at Castle Manor Academy and have spent most of my working life in Haverhill. My family and I all live in Haverhill and this exciting role gives me the opportunity to do more for the town.
What does the position of Town Centre Manager involve? Well judging on my first weeks in post, every day is certainly different.
To summarise, my role is to work very closely with all the businesses in the town centre as well as the various stakeholders, such as Haverhill Town Council and West Suffolk Council.
I will help promote the great things going on, organise our own events and do everything I can to highlight our businesses and help promote footfall.
We know the last 18 months have arguably been the most challenging for every town centre in the country. But having met many local businesses, national and independent, the message is that Haverhill is fighting back.
It has certainly been a whistle-stop first few weeks in the role. I have started meeting and talking to businesses about what matters to them.
I have worked closely with Haverhill Town Council to support all their work, as well as Arts Manager Nick Keeble and his team with their fantastic Summer Saturday events that have certainly been a weekly weekend highlight.
The first big event that I am actively involved in comes in October when the final leg of The Women’s Tour starts at Haverhill on Saturday 9th.
This is a fantastic opportunity to shine a light on our town and for businesses to take advantage of having a huge amount of people visiting Haverhill.
Heart of Haverhill is hosting a breakfast meeting this week to talk to businesses about the event and how they can promote themselves on the day and in the lead-up to the exciting race, which will see some of the world’s top riders descend into Haverhill.
We are also planning an exciting cycling-themed event with businesses which we will promote in the weeks to come.
My main message to businesses is that I am here for you, working with you, for the good of our town.
I just want to do all I can to bring the town together and showcase what Haverhill has to offer while promoting the support local and shop local message – something that has never been more important.
If any businesses or stakeholders would like to get in touch, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org.