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Exhibition reveals exciting future for Settle
Tuesday 19 November 2002

Living & Working in Settle is an all-day exhibition to be held at Victoria Hall on December 7th. Aimed at everyone who has an interest in the future of Settle, from residents, local businesses and their staff, to people and companies considering moving to the area, the event is designed to provide all who attend with a clear picture of the many opportunities offered by this go-ahead market town. The Settle & District Chamber of Trade are the sponsors and organisers of the event.

Highlight of the day will be the first public presentation of Turning Opportunities into Action, the three year action plan for the recovery of the Settle region. Funded by Yorkshire Forward, the plan was sponsored by the Chamber of Trade and produced by chamber members the Erskine Corporation Ltd. Among the comprehensive range of ideas covered in the document are plans for establishing a niche market for locally produced food, strategies for boosting high value tourism, the creation of a rural trades register and the setting up of a farmers hub, providing information and business support for the farming community. Other innovative ideas include 'hothouse' and 'greenhouse' business development centres in the area, for new and established businesses. Plans for the development of Settle's town centre are also covered, as are marketing and communication ideas on the development of the area’s 'brand'.

Other aspects of Living & Working in Settle will be displays and workshops by a wide range of local and national organisations. Included among these are regional development agency Yorkshire Forward who have provided such tangible support for the recovery of the area since Foot & Mouth and who will be officially opening the event at 10am.

Organisations taking part include Business Link, Yorkshire Dales National Park, Daelnet, Settle Community Investment Prospectus, North Yorkshire County Council and Craven District Council. Representing the educational sector will be Settle High School, Giggleswick School and Craven College & Tyro Training. The team behind the Settle Flag Festival will also be on hand together with Settle Community News. Experts from MLL Telecom, who are currently working with North Yorkshire County Council to bring broadband internet connection into the area, will also be available to answer any questions about the progress of this project.

Living & Working in Settle commences at 10am and runs through until 4pm. Entry is entirely free of charge. Further information can be obtained from the Business Development Office, Settle & District Chamber of Trade, Settle Town Hall, PO Box 22, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9YY, tel: 01729 822664. Details are also available on the settle website on www.settle.org.uk/bdo/livingworking

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