WORKING as a collective force is behind Buckingham’s retail success, according to the new chairman of the town’s traders’ association.
At the annual meeting of the Buckingham Traders’ Association on February 27, Tryphena Foster, of Canvas, was chosen to lead the group.
Outgoing chairman Darren Kimber, manager of Waitrose, has stood down due to a relocation.
Mrs Foster said: “It has been a great year and we have achieved a lot.
“The meeting was very positive and considering the state of the economy it’s a credit to the hard working Buckingham traders that our high street isn’t full of empty shops as some others are.
“As outlined in the recent report from Mary Portas, the need for town centre management groups is key.”
Mrs Foster thanked Mr Kimber for his hard work over the last two years and highlighted some of the BTA’s achievements over that time. They include; the ‘Thoroughly Modern Traditional Buckingham’ branding, the Christmas shopping extravaganza in December, the Christmas parade sponsorship, and the new Buckingham visitors’ guide.
The meeting also saw the election and re-election of committee members. Trisha Lightfoot, of Flappers, remains as treasurer, while Anita Stubbings of Body Matters and Jean Rush of Villiers were elected as co-secretaries.
The BTA pledged to continue working with the Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckingham Town Council to ensure further success this year. Mrs Foster said they were always looking for further help and encouraged any town centre trader or industrial estate business to join them.
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