16-Feb-2022

A number of exciting, new initiatives are taking place across the district as part of our Think Local campaign.

The campaign, which is supported by the Welcome Back Fund, aims to encourage local residents to support the district’s high streets, and promote the many independent businesses and local attractions on offer.

The year began with a relaunch of the Think Local communications campaign, with activity running across our social media channels. Over the coming weeks, the campaign will be focused on activities and events to bring residents and visitors into the district’s town centres.

A first for the district, we have announced plans for a Spring Food Fayre, which will be taking place on Saturday 12 March in Huntingdon’s historic market square. For this event, we are partnering with Huntingdon BID to deliver a celebration of all things local, featuring many Huntingdonshire traders selling a wide range of food and drink, alongside an exciting programme of on-stage entertainment from The Commemoration Hall, including both live music and comedy.

We are pleased to announce that current confirmed traders include Badgers Chilli Kitchen, Flaming Nora’s, Dutch Bites, and Rebel Brownie Co., alongside cocktail makers Runesilk, The Filling Station and Simon’s Cider.

Following the success of last year’s Capture What Captures You competition, we are shortly launching the Springtime Snaps Photo Competition to celebrate the many beautiful and historic places found across the district, with all entrants in with a chance of winning Click It Local vouchers.

Huntingdonshire’s towns are also set to benefit from a series of town centre improvements and beautifications in time for spring. This will include a new town mural in St Neots, designed and produced by local people, and new benches in the Riverside Park, a revamp of the street furniture in the heart of St Ives, and new floral displays and table and chairs in Ramsey, alongside new decorative posters across all four market towns.

Executive Leader of the Council, Councillor Ryan Fuller commented: "We are delighted to confirm the next stage of activity as part of our Think Local campaign. After an exceptionally difficult two years, we want to give our high streets and local businesses a much-needed boost."

"When individuals choose to shop locally, the positive impact on our independent businesses, our high streets and indeed, the whole community is clear."

"As we move towards springtime, we look forward to working with our local partners to encourage new and familiar faces into our town centres and promote all that our diverse high streets have to offer."

More information on Huntingdonshire’s market towns and the events taking place across the district can be found on our Welcome Back page.

Our Think Local campaign is supported by the UK government’s Welcome Back Fund via the European Regional Development Fund.

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