4HTA About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to make the Heatons a better place to live, work and prosper.

Our Members

All our members are businesses based in the SK4 area.

Our Events

We are responsible for the Heatons Summer Festival and the Heatons Christmas Festival each year.

Our Network

We encourage our members to support each other and the community. Because we are clearly stronger together.

Who we are…

We are an independent group of pro-active business people, all of whom trade within the FOUR HEATONS. Our inaugural meeting was in March 2009; since then more than 125 businesses have been represented.

This group is open to every business, small or large, as long as your business is based within The Heatons (postcode region SK4). This is your opportunity to have your voice heard.

  • Heaton Mersey 16% 16%
  • Heaton Moor 55% 55%
  • Heaton Chapel 18% 18%
  • Heaton Norris 10% 10%

Charities supported since 2009

Our Aims

Our mission is “to make the Heatons a better place to live, work and prosper”.

We want to make The Four Heatons the first and regular choice for residents when deciding where to spend their money. We plan to cover issues such as Local Marketing, Parking, Business Rates, Transport and many more.

As a group we will do whatever we can to address these issues, but with more voices we can put more pressure on the official bodies. We have already had very positive feedback from the Local Authority & the Police Community Support Team – including access to some funding!

Supporting Local Businesses

As a Traders’ Association, our primary focus is on local businesses and how we can support them to help maintain a thriving economy in SK4. 

We do this through our projects, which aim to increase footfall into the Heatons, and showcase the best of what the Heatons have to offer. 

While all businesses face similar challenges, we are very conscious that our members, and local enterprises consist of both shop-front businesses and non-shop-front businesses, i.e., those that work from home or shared office spaces.  We strive to tailor our support to ensure it meets the needs of our members. 

In 2016, the 4HTA won the Special Recognition Award at the Stockport Business Awards for the work we do. 

 

Winner of the 2016 Special Recognition Award at the Stockport Business Awards.

The Running Man, Heaton Chapel Station

Working With the Community

As part of our mission to make the Heatons a better place to live, work and prosper, the 4 Heatons Traders Association is committed to supporting the work of local groups whose aims align with our own. Through funds received from our annual festivals and other projects, the 4HTA has been able to contribute to the cost of a number of community projects and support the work of local charities. For example:

  • We have contributed to the cost of planters and “The Running Man” display organised by the Freinds of Heaton Chapel Station
  • We have contributed to the Friends of Heaton Moor Park Group to help with the costs of maintaining the park where we regularly hold our Heatons Summer Festival
  • We have regularly donated to local Heatons’ charities and all the proceeds from the Summer Festival raffle go to local charities too. Charities that have benefitted include The Samaritans, Charnwood and The Stockport Lamplighter Rotary Club’s charity fund.
  • As part of our #KickThePlastic campaign, we’ve subsidised the cost of a water fountain at Priestnall School.  

 

The Steering Group

The Steering Group is elected in March each year. They are responsible for managing the 4HTA including the administration, budgets, funding, branding & PR, and facilitating a collaborative environment for projects to develop and prosper.

Regular Meetings

The members of the 4HTA meet regulary to discuss common topics of interest to the SK4 business community. However, we are very aware that it’s not always possible for members to attend these meetings. We also have an active closed Facebook group for members to discuss topics of interest. Our members regularly take on their own projects within sub-groups, requesting support and funding from the 4HTA as needed.

Rajeev Arora

Rajeev Arora

Chairman

Nettl.com, Heaton Moor

Amanda Fourie

Amanda Fourie

Chief Operating Officer

4HTA COO
Emma Caine

Emma Caine

Treasurer

Nicola Sutton

Nicola Sutton

Team Member

Frequently Askes Questions

What is the 4HTA?

We are an independent group of pro-active business people, all of whom trade within the FOUR HEATONS. Our inaugural meeting was in March 2009; since then more than 80 businesses have been represented.

The 4HTA supports business within the Heatons and is the point of contact for the local authority, officials etc regarding Heatons businesses.

What does the 4HTA do?

Our mission is “to make the Heatons a better place to live, work and prosper”.

We want to make The Four Heatons the first and regular choice for residents when deciding where to spend their money. We plan to cover issues such as Local Marketing, Parking, Business Rates, Transport and many more.

With our mission in mind, we plan and run Heatons-wide projects to help achieve our aims and to generate greater visibility for local businesses and the Heatons as an area. In addition, we organise annual festivals and events for the Heatons community.

Is the 4HTA a networking group?

The 4HTA is not primarily a networking group – it was not the goal when the group was established. However, Heatons’ business networking is a welcome byproduct of our activities. Our members can attend any of our meetings, get involved in projects and events, and by doing so, will naturally get to know other Heatons business owners, and be able to support one another and possibly open up new business opportunities. 

Why should I become a member? What’s in it for me?

It is our hope that, through projects & events, and with the tools & support the 4HTA offers, our members will gain greater exposure and visibility for their business and, ultimately, will benefit. By being a member of the 4HTA, you will be contributing to the improvement of the Heatons more widely and become part of a united & supportive business community.

The 4HTA is committed to planning projects and events that encourage business and footfall within the Heatons, making the Heatons a better place for our local community, and that generate greater awareness of all the Heatons has to offer to areas outside SK4. Membership means the opportunity to be a part of this and also helping the 4HTA to make a real difference.

As a member you’ll have access to the support we offer through our meetings, this website and someone to turn to when you’re looking for the right contact, for example in the council. You’ll be able to market your business through this website, and we have many other opportunities to raise your profile too. 

However, you also need to be prepared to put a little bit in – as a 4HTA member, you will be given the opportunity to advertise jobs & events on the 4HTA website, you will be offered the chance to be included in projects, and you will be asked for your opinion on our operations. Furthermore, should you have any business-related queries/issues, or have ideas for projects for the Heatons, the 4HTA runs a range of meetings and a dedicated C.O.O (Chief Operating Officer) as a way to connect with the association. The more you put into the 4HTA, the more you’ll get out of it. 

Can I talk to someone about the 4HTA/my business/Heatons projects?

Yes. Any of the Steering Group members will be able to help you. Your first point of call will be our dedicated C.O.O. – Amanda Fourie. As a 4HTA member, you will have the opportunity to contact Amanda with any queries, or to arrange to meet for a chat at a time that is convenient.

I have a business based in SK4, but I do not have business premises – can I still join the 4HTA?

Yes! Membership of the 4HTA is open to any business operating within the SK4 postcode – whether that be from a shop, an office or from home. In fact, a significant portion of our membership do not operate from public-facing premises (we call them our non-shop-fronters). The 4HTA is here to offer support to all Heatons businesses and appreciates & welcomes the contribution a wide-range of businesses can offer.

Are 4HTA members expected to attend meetings?

While meetings provide a good opportunity to keep up-to-date on the 4HTA and meet fellow business owners, meetings are by no means mandatory. It is fully understood that, due to other commitments, it is not always possible to attend meetings. However, we do offer a range of meetings to allow greater opportunity for members to attend a meeting should they wish. These include a quarterly member meeting, informal non-shop front meetings, and regular business drop-in sessions.

We aim to ensure significant developments and topics are communicated to our members through e-mail, our Facebook group and this website. And we actively push updates on our Social Media channels too. So even if you can’t come to our meetings, you wont miss out. 

Details of all our meetings can be found on our events page.

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