Opportunity Dorking Initiative & Business Support Successes

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At last night’s Council meeting, Councillor Clayton Wellman, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Economy gave an update on the latest Mole Valley District Council business support activities and the new Opportunity Dorking programme.

Opportunity Dorking

Opportunity Dorking is an economic regeneration programme involving a range of projects and initiatives that recognise the evolving role of high streets and town centres. In the first phase, it will involve data gathering studies to inform decision making and future grant funding applications for initiatives such as public realm improvements. Redevelopment is a longer-term proposition, potentially including a number of Mole Valley District Council owned assets.

The vision for Opportunity Dorking is ‘to realise the town’s commercial and cultural potential so that it has a sustainable future.  This will involve meeting the needs of Dorking businesses, residents and visitors and making the most of Dorking’s situation as an attractive historic market town set in a beautiful landscape.’

Opportunity Dorking will also have linkages with the forthcoming Leisure and Tourism Strategy, Car Parking Strategy and Climate Change Strategy. 

A stakeholder engagement programme is due to begin in June this year, when businesses, residents and community groups will have the opportunity to give their views on what they want for the future of Dorking.

Further information can be found on the Mole Valley District Council website and anyone who wants to keep in touch with latest developments with Opportunity Dorking can sign up to receive email updates.

Networking Lunches

Just last week saw the very first in a new series of monthly Networking Lunches, held on the first Tuesday of the month. Hosted by Dorking Halls on 4 February, this month’s speaker was Nicola Macdonald, a local Marketing Professional. The event was fully booked in advance and attended by over 60 local businesses. The next Networking Lunch is on the 3 March when Mark Peacock, ‘The Pricing Coach’ will speak about, ‘How to Increase your Prices (without upsetting your customers)’.  Free tickets for Mole Valley businesses to attend can be booked via www.mvdcbusiness.eventbrite.com

Digital Skills Training

Digital skills training for independent businesses is underway and is free of charge for Mole Valley businesses. Of 60 places, 41 are booked but spaces are still available on the courses starting in March. These sessions are run over lunchtime or evenings, and are held at Pippbrook, Dorking.  Book via economicdevelopment@molevalley.gov.uk

Retail Skills Training

A survey of retail businesses in both Dorking and Leatherhead took place last week, the results of this will direct the content for Retail Skills Training, another course which will be offered free of charge to local retailers in Mole Valley.  Register your interest by emailing economicdevelopment@molevalley.gov.uk

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