The new chairman of a business group hopes to get businesses and residents working together to help improve Rushden.
Lorna Wiltshire, a local businesswoman, was recently handed the role of Rushden Town Partnership chairman.
The group currently has more than 20 businesses which are members, but Miss Wiltshire is hopeful that more will join, so there can be a joint effort to improve businesses and the town generally.
She said: “The idea at the moment is to go out and spread as much information about the town partnership,
“We will be bringing organisations and businesses together at networking events and share ideas to improve people’s businesses.
“We have a lot of independent business owners in the town and I know it is sometimes hard to think of new ideas, or new inspiration when you’re by yourself or in a small group.
“But hopefully if we all come together we can bounce ideas off each other and help inspire each other, helping us to improve our businesses.”
Miss Wiltshire added that the group will also organise events in the town to promote both Rushden and the businesses or groups within it.
She added: “My work as a personal stylist has taken me all over the country and I get to see how so many people work and the different ideas that they have. So, I will be looking to bring this experience to the job.”
Rushden Mayor Marian Hollomon, the former partnership chairman, said she was impressed by Miss Wiltshire’s “innovative” ideas and feels she will have a strong impact in her role.
Miss Wiltshire’s partner Pierre Maillet, also a local businessman, is the new treasurer and vice-chairman.
Full members will be updated on local business news and be invited to the networking events. A networking only membership will also be on offer.
If you are a business owner interested in joining the partnership, contact Miss Wiltshire on 07711 996421.