There is a real buzz in the Lancaster and Morecambe air at the moment. Collectively we seem to have developed a spring in our step that is fantastic to see.
Vintage by the Sea, the Music Festival and the Christmas ‘switch-on’ were all great successes bringing people from far and wide to our local streets to spend their hard earned cash with local businesses.
Much to the delight of all the United Utilities roadwork’s are complete and the M6 link is now well on its way with the railway bridge being craned into position just last weekend.
Down at Heysham Port the largest vessels ever to operate into the port are plying back and forth and ready to devour greater volumes to Ireland. This additional cargo will provide more employment both directly at the port and indirectly with haulage companies, lorry drivers and support services.
It is often all too easy to get dragged down in political debate and about the rights and wrongs of decisions made in the past and the best ways forward in the future.
Right now it seems that our local sentiment has shifted, as together we are now getting right behind Lancaster and Morecambe.
It is a great place to live, a great place be educated, a great place to work and a fabulous place to be entertained.
We are very lucky.
A groundswell of opinion like this is contagious and I firmly believe that it will continue to spread far and wide in 2015.
For local businesses you too can join forces to be stronger and better connected in the local area.
The Chamber of Commerce provides a perfect springboard as the area moves forward positively.
If you are not a member then jump aboard!
These are exciting times.
l Alistair Eagles is managing director Irish Sea, Seatruck Ferries Ltd and a chamber director for Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce.