Independent Garstang Traders, formerly known as The Garstang & District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, was formed in 1974. We have over 70 members and are still recruiting more, both commercial and professional. We are a growing association that has the common aim of supporting one another and representing our combined interests in the community. We also provide the local community with information on shops, services and events in and around Garstang.
We receive no public funding and rely entirely on the subscriptions of our members in order to operate. All our officers give their time on a voluntary basis. The benefits of membership give individual businesses the opportunity to be represented within one group.
We meet quarterly, normally on the first Monday of February, August and November and the second Monday of May to discuss matters of mutual interest.
A strong voice. Collectively local Garstang businesses can make an impact on issues that affect the success of the area.
Community spirit. IGT are involved in projects and the very heart of our local community.
VisitGarstang listing. Get your business in front of our visitors. Link through to your social networks, contact details and include images.
Garstang Show. We have our own marquee where you’re welcome to come along and sell your products and services. Members receive a large discount based on standard stall prices.
Meetings. We hold quarterly meetings to discuss issues in our town. These are very informal and anyone can speak.
Love Garstang. Take part in our fantastic town-wide loyalty card scheme. All included in your membership.
Networking meetings. We’re introducing new networking meetings away from our standard meetings. An informal way to meet other local businesses. Chamber members can access these meetings free of charge.
Social networks. Our Facebook presence is growing and you can have full access to that. Share your products and services to get yourself out to a wider audience.
Events. We hold many events throughout the year. You’re welcome to join in!
Discounted event pitches. At many of the IGT run events we can offer you free or heavily discounted pitch prices.
Insurance. Perhaps often overlooked, our members also help cover the insurances we need to hold events. This includes our Easter egg hunts, Halloween events, the Victorian Christmas Festival and the Ice Cream Festival to name a few.
We may be the Independent Garstang Traders but we have members from the surrounding areas too that all benefit from our membership. Our area covers as far south as Barton and as far north as Bay Horse. You don’t have be based in Garstang to benefit from our membership.
Thinking of joining?
Annual membership to the Independent Garstang Traders is just £75. If you would like more information or would like to be sent a joining pack, please complete the form below.