Nicola Pumfrey from La Di Da Vintage Interiors, Garden & Gifts has become the second business to sign up to the new Andover Town Centre Partnership (ATCP), set up by new Manager, Chris Gregory.
The new ATCP is in place to promote and drive forward the town centre. Speaking to Andover & Villages, Chris said, “Town Centres need to constantly evolve in order to grow and provide what people want to use. Andover is not Basingstoke, Salisbury or Winchester, and cannot be compared. Andover is individual and has some really great shops. We need to make sure everyone knows what we have going on and give them a reason to come here.”
The ATCP will have a steering group, which will be in place to make decisions on how the town will move itself forward. The group will be primarily made up of ATCP members, ensuring that any decisions made, are independent.
Chris’s aim is to bring more people into Andover town centre, make them stay longer (sic), use town centre businesses more and return more often. The steering group will be making decisions based on this criteria and will use a £5,000 amount of funding already in the ‘pot’, and this will be topped up with the joining fee given by each of the businesses that sign up to the scheme. The charge varies from £75 – £275 per year, depending on the size of business.
Chris plans to have entertainment in the High Street, along with regular music slots and characters interacting with children and families.
Chris Gregory has been contracted by an alliance of Andover Town Council, Test Valley Borough Council and Hampshire County Council.