Trade fair shows off the best of Bourne as part of South Kesteven enterprise week

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THE best of Bourne is on display at a trade fair today.

THE best of Bourne is on display at a trade fair today.

Bourne Business Chamber is holding the Best of Bourne event at the Corn Exchange as part of South Kesteven District Council’s enterprise week.

A total of 25 Bourne businesses will have stands at the fair, which opens its doors at 9.30am and runs until 3pm.

Vice chairman of Bourne Business Chamber Paul Ross hopes people will come along to the free event and see what the town has to offer.

He said: “There will be a variety of people there to talk to, with offers, competitions and advice. It will be a great sample of Bourne businesses.

“We held a similar fair two years ago which was very successful and it should be a positive atmosphere.”

One of the businesses at the fair will be Crown Jewellery. The firm is a relative newcomer to Bourne, having opened three years ago, and moved to North Street just eight months ago.

Owner Cathy Powell said: “We are looking forward to the fair. We are hoping to increase our profile and introduce ourselves to other businesses.

“We hope people will turn up and see what Bourne has to offer.

“Bourne is growing and has got lots of good businesses who offer great customer service.

“The town is very friendly and has a real sense of community. We are not just here to sell, we want to get to know our customers as well.”

The Angel Hotel, also in North Street, will have a stand to show the people of Bourne what they can expect from the business.

Deputy general manager Nikki Pegg said: “We want to show people what we actually do here, because not everybody knows what we offer in terms of functions, the restaurant and the coffee shop.

“We are a community hotel in the town centre which is open to the townspeople as well as travellers.”

South Kesteven district council leader Linda Neal (Con), who represents the Bourne West ward, praised the business chamber for organising the fair.

She said: “It is really good that the chamber is trying to be proactive and I am sure that the event will be a success.”

Talks on reducing costs and web design in will also take place today in Stamford along with a business surgery in Market Deeping.

For full details visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/enterpriseweek.