Caroline Flint was the special guest of the Bawtry Retailers Association at their meeting this week and discussed the Association’s next steps to building the number of visitors to Bawtry.
Said Caroline: “For Doncaster to succeed, we need to support our outlying towns and villages. Businesses in Bawtry have really led the way on how to promote a town and promote their businesses. Bawtry has over 100 retail businesses, and more than half have seen the benefits of paying towards the Association and, thereby, supporting the promotion of the town as a destination to shop, relax and enjoy."
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Caroline with members of the Bawtry Retailers Association at the Crown Hotel, Bawtry.
The MP praised the dynamism of the small business sector: “Most of the new jobs and lots of the innovation that builds trade comes from the small business sector; and that’s why I am happy to support Bawtry businesses and celebrate some of the best of Doncaster. Their calendar of events and the www.Bawtry.org brand are very impressive.”
Said local businessman John Walsh: “It was very refreshing to have Caroline at our meeting. She speaks directly without any flannel. Caroline had already observed that we make progress one step at a time; from the hanging baskets to the events we put regularly into our calendar. Our members really felt that Caroline in very clued in to the small business sector and realised what drives tourism in towns like Bawtry.
“Our association is growing all of the time – and we won’t stop until we have 100 businesses in membership. We are one of the prettiest towns in South Yorkshire and our members know what we have a distinctive offer the public that the likes of meadow hall cannot provide.”