Encouraging Enterprise

Boston Big Local will support the coordination of existing activities that encourage enterprise and fund additional activities where there is an identified need. A lead delivery partner will coordinate the activities under each priority and any activities or services funded will not replace statutory services.

Outcomes for all priorities under this theme

We will know we have made a difference when:

  • There is evidence of closer Partnership working to help Boston become stronger, resilient and forward thinking.
  • Residents of the Boston Big Local area tell us they have benefited from financial advice and support.
  • Residents and local businesses tell us there is a greater entrepreneurial spirit and successful enterprise culture.

To achieve these outcomes, the Partnership Group decided on three priorities:

  • Support residents in financial difficulty.
  • Make more of Boston’s history to promote the town.
  • Promote small businesses start-up.

Agreed activities

1a – To support residents in financial difficulty we will support organisations giving accessible financial advice to residents within the Boston Big Local area, and operate and promote a small scale “Fit 4 Your Future” programme (expanded to include private renting and mortgagees as well as social housing tenants). You can read the Service Level Agreement for this activity here.

Lead delivery partner – Boston Citizens Advice Bureau
Other delivery partners – none

Citizens Advice Case Studies – June 2017

Citizens Advice Report – March 2017

1b – To further support residents in financial difficulty we will promote Lincolnshire Credit Union among residents in Boston Big Local area. You can read the Service Level Agreement here.

Lead delivery partner – Lincolnshire Credit Union
Other delivery partners – none

2 – To make more of Boston’s history to promote the town we will: Ensure there is better information in and around the Boston Big Local area to encourage more visitors and increase business; Increase knowledge of Boston’s historical links with the Hanseatic League, and to draw attention to Boston’s membership of the “New Hanse”. Read the Service Level Agreement for this activity here.

Lead delivery partners – History of Boston Project/Boston Hanse Group
Other delivery partners – none

Read the Hanse Report for June 2017 here

Read the Hanse Report for June 2016 here

– We will provide a communications and marketing strategy for Boston Big Local that allows: The people of Boston and the residents of the Boston Big Local area to have a fuller understanding of the themes, priorities, and activities and the positive impact that they have made; Boston Big Local to have all year round news reporting and celebration of success. To achieve this we will: work with a communications provider to oversee delivery of the communications and marketing strategy for Boston Big Local; promote good news stories using the full range of communication channels available to celebrate success and encourage local participation and engagement with the project.

Lead delivery partner – Guidemark Publishing Limited

Read the progress report for June 2017 here.

Read the progress report for March 2017 here.

Read the progress report for December 2016 here.

Read the progress report for September 2016 here.

Read the progress report for June 2016 here.

Read the progress report for April 2016 here.

Read the progress report for January 2016 here.

Informing and influencing others

In addition to the above priorities, consultation with local residents identified four issues that Boston Big Local should inform and influence others about:

  • Have free and lower charges for parking in the town to attract visitors.
  • Have the information centre back in the town centre.
  • Support Blackfriars.
  • Develop River Witham and docks more creatively including river taxis and tourism.