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Businesses take centre stage at Settle Showcase
8:00am Friday 28th September 2012 in News
Settle is proud of its individuality and, tomorrow, some of its hidden gems will be showcased at the town’s Victoria Hall and the Friends Meeting House.
About 50 local businesses and community organisations will be showing what they have to offer and encouraging residents to use local services instead of travelling further afield.
The Settle Showcase has been put together by the Settle Networking Group, set up and led by homeopath Jo Rhodes.
The group has been running for just under a year and is supported by Settle Chamber of Trade. It has more than 80 members, mostly small businesses, and its aim is to reduce the isolation some organisations can experience, especially in the current financial climate.
Town mayor Coun Joe Lord, who will open the day, said: “I’m proud to support the Settle Showcase. This sort of celebration and collaboration underlines the enormous amount of creativity and innovation that the small businesses and community organisations in the area have to offer.
“Make sure you come along and make the most of this chance to take a look at what they do. It looks like it’s going to be a lively and entertaining day.”
The event isn’t just about information and networking, however, as there will be lunch-time entertainment, dance and music and refreshments.
There will also be a range of free workshops, including basic first aid, food foraging, advice for parents on internet safety, Tai Chi, creative writing, computer tips, community art and crafts, guided meditation, nutritional advice and Scouting.
There’s also the chance to win vouchers and prizes. Every person who attends the showcase will be entered into a prize draw and there’s a free town treasure trail, with £75 and £25 vouchers for first and second prize winners.
A tombola will raise money for the Clapham-based Cave Rescue Organisation.
Other highlights include tours of Settle Town Hall, which is currently being refurbished, reduced admission charges to The Folly – Settle’s only grade one listed building – and a free talk from Settle Stories on the work to develop the WR Mitchell archive.