A ‘buzz’ about our businesses

Made In Tod - the showcase of local businesses
Made In Tod - the showcase of local businesses

TODMORDEN was “buzzing” last weekend as more than 1,500 people took the opportunity to see what the town’s businesses and services have to offer.

Many firms had stalls at the business showcase at Todmorden Town Hall and visitors also took part in taster sessions and watched practical demonstrations.

Nicki Hewson-Betts, from organisers Todmorden Business Association (TBA), said it had been a successful event.

“It was a good weekend. Todmorden was buzzing and so was the market,” she said.

“Paying for the car parking definitely worked on the Saturday. If we can afford to, then it’s something we will do again.

“It seemed to make a big difference to the centre of Todmorden.

“The feedback from the community has been very positive. Everybody seems to have had a successful exhibition.

“I spoke to a woman who had come from Wilmslow. People were coming from far and wide.”

Although TBA fell just short of its target of 2,000 people attending Made in Tod, it was still pleased with the number of people who came to the event, which was held on a Saturday and Sunday for the first time.

“We had more than the year before,” Nicki said.

“Although we didn’t reach the target, we are pleased that we changed to a Saturday and Sunday and it’s something that we will be sticking with.”

Made in Tod serves a dual purpose of promoting Todmorden as a place of business and also showcasing the businesses that exist in the town.

“It’s a very important part of what we do as a business association and something we take very seriously,” Nicki said.

“Months of planning went into it and all the hard work has paid off.

“It’s a very successful event and one that I think we are planning to keep as an annual event.”

She thanked all the volunteers who helped over the weekend including Todmorden Rotary Club, Friends of Overgate and local scouts.

“We could not do it without their help,” she said.

“Thanks also to all the people who came.

“These events would not be a success without them.”

l TBA believe the free parking they paid for helped attract visitors to the event - would the town’s businesses benefit if charges could be removed from the central car parks? What do you think? Email your comments to todnews@todmordennews.co.uk