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Port St Mary takes steps to address visitors ‘hidden needs’

Thu, 06 Dec 2018


Port St Mary Business Association is taking steps to ensure the village is as welcoming as possible to customers and the public.

It’s launched a Port St Mary welcome scheme, an initiative where businesses will display a series of badges in their windows to show visitors what ‘extra’ services are on offer.

These include a range of things such as places to sit, free litter bins, water refill points, dog-friendly areas, and toilets.

It’s being funded via the association’s membership fees.

Businesses may choose not to advertise every service, but are encouraged to make it clear what help or service they can offer.

The initiative is born from a desire to meet the additional or ‘hidden’ needs of visitors, and to portray the village in a positive light.

Chair of the business association, Dr Michelle Haywood explained the scheme to Local Democracy Reporter Ewan Gawne:


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