BIA Meeting- 5th December 2007, Malton and Norton- Business in Action

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Business in Action meeting 5th December 2007

Those present:
John Marshall
Sylvia Milson
Denys Townsend
Paul Woollens
Jeremy Powell
Graham Hampshire
Tracey Holroyd
Malcolm Chalk
Roddy Bushell

  • Next meeting: Ryedale Council Chief Executive will be attending, to discuss issues of concern to local businesses. Please email your questions/issues to Denys Townsend at by 2.1.08. Or even better~ attend the meeting!
  • Website: The launch of the website went well, although the press coverage was felt to be a little disappointing. From now on the minutes of the BIA meetings will be sent out by email via the website.
    There is still more history to go on the website, and Malcolm Chalk is working hard on research and making the site interesting and relevant. Malcolm is to approach John Collins, and hopefully Ian Wray to ask whether they may be prepared to supply some historical info. If you want to advertise your business on the website you are welcome to, but you have to be a member of BIA.
  • Graham Hampshire is to devise a BIA membership flyer.
  • Malcolm Chalk would like to see BIA set measurable goals for the future, and publicise our achievements.
  • Christmas Lights: Thanks to Kevin Chiltern and Bob North, and also the lights committee for their hard work in organising the lights this year.
  • Christmas Promotion: It has been decided not to promote Malton and Norton on Minster FM this year, and to promote it in the newspaper instead. Debate took place on how best to promote the towns. Urgent feedback is needed on which businesses intend to open for the planned late night shopping on Friday 14th and 21st December. Graham Hampshire offered to canvas the shops and businesses and feedback to Denys by Friday 9th, so a decision can be made as to whether there is enough support before committing to advertising.
  • Proposed Christmas Funfair:A proposal has been verbally agreed by the council to hold a funfair in the Market Place and outside the Milton Rooms on 21st, 22nd and 23rd December~ dodgems, waltzers etc. No parking would be available on those days. Much discussion took place around the pros and cons of this suggestion.
    Eventually it was decided that a smaller fair would be better, so that it mixes with the shoppers rather than potentially excluding them. Also there are other activities to consider, such as the Brass Band, Church service and Market Stalls which may be affected.
    Eventually it was decided that a big fair in-between Christmas and New Year may be a good compromise, with smaller (kiddie) rides only during the Christmas shopping rush.
    Discussion took place about the promotion of the fair, re the efficiency of Minster FM versus local press. It was decided that it would be left with Denys to get the best promotion that he could. Suggestions for opening the fair such as the Mayor, and Miss World were made. Denys will do a press release, and details will be published on the website.
  • Next Year’s programme of events:
    It was proposed that the Celebrate Malton weekend and the Motor Show should be held again in 2008.
    It was decided that we would brainstorm for ideas at the next meeting, time permitting.
  • Car Parking: Roddy Bushell commented that in his opinion our fight against raising the Car Park charges are effective, even though they don’t particularly feel that way, and that were it not for our efforts the charges would be higher than they are now.


Everyone is welcome!

Author:Tracey Holroyd