More than 150 firms encouraged to ‘live big’ at Gainsborough event

Cllr Sheila Bibb with Stuart Baldwin and Steve Gelder of Gelder Group

More than 150 business leaders from Gainsborough and the surrounding area have been encouraged to ‘Live Big’ at a special event.

Engagement expert Stuart Baldwin, founder of The Positive Company, was invited by Invest Gainsborough Place Board to give a presentation to business leaders to assist in building confidence in the town.

Stuart talked about the six powers needed to enhance performance and consequently happiness. He said: “Your success and your happiness is driven by your mindset. How we think and what we do are both within our own control.

“The most important leadership quality is creativity – there is a creativity gap in our workplace which means we get stuck in fixed thinking”. He complimented the Invest Gainsborough website and work of the Place Board as evidence of creative thinking.”

He urged people to live big, and added: “I don’t know Gainsborough well but from what I do know it seems like there is a remarkable opportunity here.

“I know how hard it is to look past the current challenges, but I really believe that if the right group of people can create the right mind set and inspire others to think big to play big and to take action, then inch by inch, little by little Gainsborough has the potential to really shine and to really stand out.”

Invest Gainsborough is an initiative led by West Lindsey District Council and supported by the private sector. It was set up to promote residential and commercial investment to kick start regeneration in the historic market town.

Steve Gelder, Chairman of The Place Board, which is made up of business representatives from the town opened the event by updating guests on some of the achievements over the year.

This included:

  • The first Construction College in the country
  • Work starting on a new hotel and restaurant in the town
  • Gainsborough Heritage Masterplan launched
  • Housing on a number of brownfield housing sites starting to be delivered.
  • £millions secured towards regeneration projects

Steve added: “Our programme of work is all about making Gainsborough an investable proposition. The work of the Place Board is to create positive conversations about the town. This has led to celebrities and CEO of banks visiting the town and hearing about our work and we are promoting our story book nationally.”

Pat Doody, Business and commercial banking director Natwest and board member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “I think it is great that Gainsborough is showcasing itself in this way. Stuart has provided some good examples of how business’ can help themselves and how they can bring their best to the party.”