Sturbiz – Playing its part in the Town’s success
Sturbiz is one of Sturminster Newton’s many community groups. In their case one dedicated to supporting all things to do with business in the Town, always dedicated to furthering its economic sustainability in the interests of all of its community.
At the founding of Sturbiz now nearly two years ago the group set itself three main objectives.
- Encouraging footfall into the retail part of town
- Supporting all new comers to the Sturminster business realm
- Being an active interesting forum for its members to exchange views, and relevant information and advice and generally to give business a voice in the Town
To help achieve this it appointed Jacqui Wragg as a key member of the towns retail operation. Jacqui was tasked with coordinating the activities of retailers aimed at bringing in new footfall to the town. In this capacity she has played a huge part in fostering the success of its new charity shops the Boutique and the Emporium. She has helped muster support for distribution of new planters and flowers throughout the retail area, has begun to create a regular diary of markets for the Town and is currently extremely busy with others organising a lockdown XMAS response that will brighten the town over the festive period.
The results are there for all to see. The footfall in the town has held up and arguably increased despite the vagaries of COVID and its close friend the “lockdown”. The Town’s ‘built’ environment has been hugely improved by the collective efforts of Sturbiz, SNEDSL and the Town’s retailers. There are new shops new pubs new landlords all doing more than their fair share. Take a bow Matt and Steve from the White Hart and Oxford’s respectively. As Jacqui recently said “Collectively we are beginning to restore interest in the Towns centre not only amongst its residents but also from visitors afar.”
Sturbiz is also playing its part in supporting the Town’s businesses commercial needs. There has been regular meetings and presentations from business relevant personnel. This month COVID willing is no exception.
On Wednesday 25th November at 5.30pm Simon Hoare our local and very supportive MP will give a surgery on current government thinking about all matters business. The meeting will be chaired by Pauline Batstone and following a few words, Simon will then take your questions.
On Thursday 26th November at 3pm – Members can hear from Suzannah Kennedy (Dorset Gateway Business Support) about the various Government Covid grants available to businesses and also Camilla Call (International Trade Advisor) will be attending to offer export-focused Brexit advice.
In short we believe Sturbiz is proving to be one of the most active influencers for the benefit of the Town that we know of and in recognition of the positive initiatives taken by SturBiz to encourage footfall and business into the town we want to encourage retailers, and all other business alike to give their support to them by becoming a member of this proactive organisation.An annual subscription payment of £25 towards is all it takes.