There was an end-of-term atmosphere as Hunstanton’s Chamber of Trade met on Tuesday evening for the final session before the summer break.
Speaking at the meeting at the Golden Lion on The Green, chairman William Searle said: “The Chamber has come a long way this year; we now have over 40 members and are co-operating with the Carnival team and Hunstanton in Bloom.”
At the meeting award winning business owner and vice-chairman of the group, Mark Kacary, from the Norfolk Deli, presented a proposal for the introduction of the Hunstanton Chamber of Trade Business Awards.
He said: “Don’t underestimate the effect that winning an award makes to a business. Rosie and I have experienced an increase in footfall that has translated into more sales and customers are always telling us that they were shopping in our deli as a result of reading about us in the press.”
He went on to say: “Shoppers want to visit places that have a reputation for excellence and a business that is recognised for being the best in its field is less likely to have a problem recruiting top quality staff who then take pride in working for the best of the best.”
Over the summer, Mr Kacary will be working on the list of categories which will include: best window display, best customer service, best floral display (thus helping the In Bloom team), most improved business, an IT innovation award and best business; that he described as an award to a business that has done most to enhance the town or brought more visitors.
In the company of guests, including Hunstanton Mayor Andrew Murray, In Bloom representatives Pat Richardson and Chris Durham and West Norfolk Council leader Nick Daubney, members enjoyed a buffet.