We’d like to give you a brief update on a very busy week…
On Tuesday Mary Portas, her business partner, Peter Cross and their team came to talk about the vision for Liskeard based on our bid, and their expertise in retail and branding. We also had an exciting meeting with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) about ways of working together, specifically to ensure we’re communication and working with young people in the most effective way possible. They’re a fantastic organisation with loads of creative ways of working, and a great track record in working with young people both in school and out.
And then we had the public meeting! Over 200 people came to hear what Mary had to say and from the smiles and applause, it seemed they liked what they heard! She acknowledged the work the bid team did, and we were all extremely gratified (and a bit embarrassed!) to get such a loud round of applause. (See the Cornish Times and the Cornish Guardian for reports on the meeting.)
On Wednesday we heard some fantastic pitches from businesses wanting to fill our empty shops. They were a diverse and very talented bunch covering the whole spectrum from just starting out with an idea they were passionate about right up to people already trading. The town team and Mary herself went round and asked questions and made notes, and work is still ongoing both in terms of choosing who to fill the shops, and meeting with other great businesses that want to work in Liskeard.
We’re also currently looking at various website models to see what the best might be for Liskeard!
More roles on the Executive have been filled, and soon we’ll publish a full list as well as ways to contact them.
But in the meantime, thanks for your continued support, and as ever, watch this space!