Your Town Needs You… Can you Help it Grow?
Experience Chipping Norton is on the hunt for local Ambassadors willing to offer their time and expertise to help a truly exciting town project find its feet.
Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated ECN on the work they’re doing to help propel his home town into a prosperous and rewarding future – the full video of his 23 January appearance at the Town Hall can be found on the ECN website.
But visions need sheer hard work to become a reality. Following a great start, the team at ECN need volunteers with skills and experience in particular in event and meeting organisation, marketing, communication, project management and administrative support.
So what exactly is ECN?
According to spokesman Shaun Fagan, ECN aims to embody every element of Chipping Norton – the traders, shoppers, parents, community groups and tourists who live in or visit this buzzing market town.
“We want to see businesses and residents coming together to support this venture, which in turn will support them. How? Through a bold website packed with news and information; skilful use of social media reaching into every branch of modern life; innovative networking and educational opportunities for business owners; and a central body linking young and old, business and charity, entrepreneurs and not-for-profit groups, festival organisers and festival goers.”
“The ECN website will be the go-to place for anyone wanting information about local businesses and happenings, our fantastic range of festivals, great places to eat, drink, stay and be entertained, school news, community and charity events. Also for a terrific read about the characters – business, celebrity and maybe someone from down your street – who make our town so fascinating”, he adds.
It’s Everybody’s Business
It all starts with business. Celebrating the biggest single turnout of business people he had ever seen in Chippy, Mr Cameron talked on a very personal level to those who packed the Town Hall at ECN’s civic event last month.
“I can’t tell you how great it is to be in my own home town with the business men and women who make this such a fantastically vibrant place to live”, he said.
“This is a great place to live, a great place to shop, and I say that because I live here, I shop here and I love it here. And actually we all know that Chipping Norton has got even more potential than what we’ve achieved so far.”
Trade, tourism and community are the three pillars of the ECN concept, Chairman Patrick Neale told the Chippy News.
“While other towns have concentrated on just networking, or promotion of tourism, ECN intends to promote Chippy as a forward-looking and supportive place to do business; a fantastic place to visit as a tourist; and a welcoming and healthy place to live, work and raise a family.”
“As the concept grows, each of these groups will start to support each other, with all sorts of links developing between the three. We see ECN as expanding along with the town, with endless potential for new ideas.”
The Start of Something Really Big
ECN has much on offer for local business people, according to Shaun.
“Beyond the website and far-reaching social media, we provide lively business network opportunities, along with a range of speakers, workshops and special courses aimed at connecting new or less experienced traders with people who can help them”, he says.
“For instance, Nicola Horlick, CEO of Money & Co, recently came and spoke to local traders about alternative investment for growing business, which was invaluable knowledge.”
“ECN enjoys the full support of the Mayor, Town, District and County Councils, and it’s vital we build on the great momentum generated by David Cameron’s call to arms”, Patrick adds.
“That’s why we’d love to hear from anyone who can give us genuine help in reaching our goal.”
Perhaps the final word should go to Mr Cameron, who gave a rallying cry to a town he desperately wants to see prosper.
“So that’s the challenge. You’ve got a great group of people putting their effort into ECN. If everyone gets involved, if everyone helps promote it and fund it, this could be the start of something really big.”