Thanks to a small Government Grant, Stourport Forward, a not for profit company, has been able to update the Stourport Town website, stourporttown.co.uk, in a bid to support local businesses and encourage people to visit the town. Businesses will be able to add their details to a town directory and manage their own listings.

Stourport Forward’s Chairman, David Willetts said:

‘We know how tough it has been for local businesses during the pandemic. Just as our businesses have got going again, we’re back into lockdown. We wanted local people to have the opportunity to showcase their businesses, so that potential visitors to the town will be able to see what’s on offer.’

The successful Stourport Town website has been run by Stourport Forward since it was launched in 2010 and has weekly views of around 6,000 people interested in the town. Visitors can find out about places to visit, where to stay, what shops are in town and what events are on in town.

The events are usually an important feature of the website, with the annual Carnival and Three Kings Parade attracting thousands of visitors, Mikron Theatre Company giving a rousing performance in the summer Canal Basin’s Outdoor Theatre performance, and a multitude of sporting and musical events taking place throughout the year. But listings have been decimated as local businesses and groups have been forced to scale down or cancel any events.

Russell Hinton from Manton’s of Stourport, Jeweller and goldsmith, said:

‘2020 has been a difficult year. We had months of shut-down – but many businesses used the opportunity to refresh their offer and come back looking good when we were able to re-open. Business picked up nicely in the summer, as holidaymakers tentatively came back to the town for a day out or summer break.

Now we’re in lockdown once again, it’s hard to know what to do next – but we can do our best to promote the town, so that we’re ready for visitors again before Christmas. People are fed up of the doom and gloom, and are looking forward to some Christmas Cheer’.

The Stourport Town website has been re-designed by local company Noble Digital, recent winners of ‘Most Innovative Digital Business’ in the 2020 Midlands Enterprise Awards. Noble Managing Director Larry Brangwyn said:

“We believe websites can be better and are always looking for ways in which we can raise the expectations people have in community websites such as Stourport Town. By leveraging technology to help organisations and individuals manage their own content on the website, it is more likely that the information presented will remain an up-to-date and relevant resource for residents and visitors alike.”

Larry also co-organises Stourport Hour, the Twitter hashtag for networking and news in Stourport-on-Severn. You can join in on Twitter every Wednesday, 7-8pm using #StourportHour.

Businesses and groups wishing to put their details onto the website can contact Eliza and Nikki at Stourport Forward via: info@stourportforward.org.uk The website will go live from Tuesday 17th November.

Stourport Forward can help businesses to put their details together for the website and have a limited number of slots with a photographer available before Christmas. Their photographer will visit to take pictures of your business free of charge. (Please note, normal social distancing practices will apply).