Welcome Back sites to energize the towns of Pendle

Councilor Nadeem Ahmed, leader of Pendle Borough Council, said: “We are working hard to support our town centers in an area which has been among the hardest hit in the country, during the pandemic.

“Thanks to the money from the Government’s Return Fund to help us build back better after the pandemic, we have been able to develop these new digital hubs for our cities,” he explained.

The government support, which comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is designed to support the safe return to high streets.

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Amanda Boardman (Barlic Bites Manager) and Cllr Jodie Hoyle (Barnoldswick Town Council)

It is also being used to supply new digital screens in Nelson – between Place de Creil and Pendle Rise Shopping Center and in Colne at Queen Street and Hartley Square.

This additional funding draws on the High Street Safely Reopening Fund, which Pendle has also benefited from.

These websites are now live and include listings of businesses and shops, as well as things to see and do for people and visitors to Pendle, as well as information about the local community.

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The council’s tourism and economic development manager, Mike Williams, said: “It was great to help create these new websites which will benefit all businesses in the town centers of Barnoldswick, Nelson and Brierfield.

“We hope that all stores and businesses that are not listed on their city’s website will contact me to take advantage of this free promotion and participate as a large part of their city’s offer.”

Businesses not already included are encouraged to complete the online form on their city’s website or email Mike Williams via [email protected] or call him on 01282 661963.

Mike added: “There are currently 67 business and community listings and we hope to quickly build on this strong start.

“We will work with local councils to help energize these new websites and develop plans for them to be taken over and run locally by communities,” he said.