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Key Skipton groups join forces to benefit community
9:20am Friday 7th September 2012 in News
The organisers of a meeting that saw key groups in Skipton join forces hope it will result in long-term benefits for the economy.
Dubbed the ‘meeting of meetings’, the gathering saw Business and council leaders discuss how they could work better together to benefit the area.
Dave Wathen, chairman of Skipton BID Ltd, said: “I was delighted to be invited to address the meeting. It enabled me to explain the objects and achievements of the Skipton Business Improvement District over the last three years together with a flavour of what is to come over the next two years.
“It also gave me the opportunity to emphasise that we do not operate in isolation but in partnership with Skipton Town Council, Craven District Council and other agencies in the town with the primary objective of increasing the economic vitality of Skipton to benefit businesses, visitors and residents alike. Skipton BID Ltd really does make a difference to the town.”
Barry Dodd, Chairman for York and North Yorkshire with East Riding LEP, said: “The buzz in the room was noticeable.
“The attendees were exactly the kind of businesses that must grow if the UK is going to get out of this terrible recession.”
Dave Parker, chief officer and clerk to Skipton Town Council, said: “This was a really useful event which gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the partnership working taking place across Skipton and Craven.
“We’re determined to continue to work for the good of the town and the surrounding area.
“Working in isolation is never the best use of skills or resources. By working together it gives us a better chance of weathering the difficult economic climate.”
Amanda Casey, vice president of Skipton Chamber of Trade, said: “The attendance at the event illustrated just how hard all business owners are prepared to work in promoting Skipton and ensuring its future success.”
George Bellas, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses Craven & District Branch, said: “It has renewed my optimism that whilst many local economies are floundering, ours has all the ingredients to deliver growth.”