Businesses on mission to help boost Tamworth town centre

Tamworth-TogetherA Tamworth business group has swelled its ranks following the borough council’s consultation campaign to explore how the town centre can evolve and grow for the future.

The business-led group represents a variety of sectors and town centre businesses with a shared passion for Tamworth and a desire to work together on boosting trade and footfall in the area.

Called Tamworth Together, the community interest company was originally formed by local businesses involved in trying to set up a Business Improvement District in the town. Although the bid was unsuccessful, there was still a commitment to help improve the area.

Earlier this year, Tamworth Borough Council launched a major consultation campaign, seeking ideas from residents, shoppers and businesses, on how the town centre can survive the modern challenges facing all high streets.

Hundreds took part in Tamworth…What’s Next? including dozens of local businesses, by filling out survey forms with their ideas and attending a series of discussion sessions with Leader of the Council, Daniel Cook.

Those interested businesses were invited to join Tamworth Together and the newly rejuvenated group is now working on a new vision and priorities.

Manager of John Lewis Tamworth, Rob Holder, who chairs Tamworth Together, said: “Tamworth Together is led by business, for business, and as a result we can add a voice and influence Tamworth Borough Council.

“We’ve welcomed lots of new faces to the table since the Tamworth..What’s Next? consultation and are coming together with renewed purpose to see how we can help promote Tamworth as a place which is recognised regionally and nationally.

“Members of the Tamworth Together group represent a cross section of industries and include small business owners as well as large chains. But there are still a few gaps and we would encourage anyone with an interest in promoting and improving Tamworth to get in touch.”

Cllr Daniel Cook said: “We had a fantastic response to Tamworth…What’s Next? and the council is busy working through all the ideas put forward to see which can be taken forward. What also came through, particularly from businesses, is that there needs to be a greater sense of community and collaboration among the businesses themselves.

“This is something Tamworth Together is striving for, so it made sense for us to bring the two groups of people together to form one big group, all working towards the same goal.

 “We are hugely focussed on town centre regeneration as a council. We are currently looking at options for the former Gungate Precinct site which we purchased last year and we are busy preparing our bid for funding from the Future High Streets Fund. However, we can’t do this alone. We need the support of Tamworth people and businesses, which is why it’s great to see Tamworth Together growing in number. Representatives from the council will be working closely with the group going forward.”

Any businesses with an interest in promoting Tamworth are invited to join Tamworth Together. For more information and details of the next meeting, please contact Tracy Pound at tracy@maximity.co.uk.