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  • FIRST MAJOR LOCAL POST OFFICE FORUM EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS SAYS MP

    24 August 2017
    Mel Stride

    A NEW FORUM to promote local post offices and help branches share innovative ideas and best practice has been hailed a great success by its organisers Central Devon MP Mel Stride and Ashburton’s Post Office apprentice Joanna Giles. The event, held at Dartmoor National Park HQ in Bovey Tracey and believed to be a UK first, drew representatives from various branches within the constituency including Buckfast, Buckfastleigh, Belstone, Chagford, Crediton, Christow, Exbourne, Liverton, Manaton, Moretonhampstead and North Tawton as well as some from outside the constituency. In addition to Post Office representatives the forum was also attended by Devon County Council Leader John Hart, Dartmoor National Park Chief Executive Kevin Bishop, the National and Regional Chairs of the Federation of Small Businesses Michael Cherry and Andrew Postlethwaite and the CEO of the Devon Chamber of Commerce George Cowcher.

    Joanna Giles explained:

    “Post Offices face many challenges but there are also ways to increase footfall and for post offices to become an even more important part of the local community. We need more cooperation between branches and I hope this very successful event is the just the start!”

    Mel Stride added:

    “In Ashburton we have a post office that plays a key part in the local community through initiatives like donating 2p from every cash withdrawal to worth local causes and successfully incorporating the town’s library into the branch; offering far longer opening hours while giving residents another reason to stop by. They are also helping businesses and residents affected by the closure of the Lloyds branch in the town by offering a range of banking services. I’m delighted today’s event was so well supported and there was a lot of positivity around some of the ideas exchanged.”

    Photo: Organisers Central Devon MP Mel Stride (speaking) and Ashburton’s Post Office apprentice Joanna Giles (left) at a new forum they have set up to promote local post offices and help branches share innovative ideas and best practice.







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