New business chamber looks on the cards for Caistor

A CHAMBER of commerce could soon be set up for Caistor and the Wolds.

About 15 people, representing different business from around Caistor, have met to discuss how to promote the area and attract more traders and visitors to the town.

It has been many years since Caistor has had an active chamber of commerce, but businesses are now keen to move forward with this idea.

The business group has been in touch with Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to get advice about how to go about setting up a chamber themselves.

Coun Jo Hodson, who runs The Settlement restaurant in Market Place and was also at the meeting, said: “We feel we have a lot going for us in Caistor and a chamber of commerce was one of ideas we had about how to move forward.

“Everyone has been very open-minded and there have been a lot of suggestions about how to promote the area.

“There’s a tremendous feel-good factor in the town at the moment and we want to capitalise on that.”

A letter was sent out to businesses about the meeting and many attended – including Tea Cosy cafe, the Arts and Heritage Centre, White Hart pub, Spar shop and market traders.

Coun Hodson said: “We’ve had a terrific response and we’re hoping the next meeting will attract even more people.”

Recent farmers markets held in Caistor have attracted a lot of people to the town and visitor numbers at the Arts and Heritage Centre have rocketed over the past year.

The £430,000 lottery-funded centre has attracted visitors from as far afield as Scotland and Hampshire after it appeared on the BBC’s Village SOS programme – a documentary following the team working to turn the town’s former Methodist chapel into a community facility.