Economic development is key to the future prosperity of Alton. Whether you're an existing business or are looking to set up in Alton, we are here to help you. We work closely with all of the other authorities to ensure that your business can thrive - from Hampshire County Council who deal with the roads and pavements, to East Hampshire District Council which deals with the planning applications and most of the town car parks.
The Town Council hosts Open Forums twice a year, the last one being in the Assembly Rooms on 5th October 2017. Julie McLatch, the town’s Business Development Manager, talked about the work in the town over the past year and plans for the future. Julie’s Business Development role is jointly funded by Alton Town Council and East Hampshire District Council, and a focus for this year has been promoting Alton as a visitor destination. Julie was joined by Jim Smith, a director at Shopper Anonymous, who talked about the power of a positive visitor experience.
The plans for the next year include a Retail Improvement Grant Scheme which will tackle shop appearance and customer experience. For more information please contact Julie by email, telephone or by coming into the Town Hall.