BUSINESSES are being urged to sign up to a new group to help revitalise Redditch Town Centre.
Redditch Town Centre Partnership has existed for four years but has been restructured to give it more focus as it aims to drive forward a series of improvements.
A new board of directors has been created - known as the Redditch Town Team - made up of individuals with an interest in creating a thriving town centre.
The voluntary organisation is headed up by current chairman Ken Williams, manager of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre and current vice-chairman Lyndsey Berry, town centre co-ordinator at Redditch Borough Council.
Other board members include Rev Paul Lawlor from St Stephen’s Church, Dean Corrigan owner of Heaphy’s, Coun Alan Mason, Standard editor Ian Dipple, retail expert Ros Sidaway, Affy Qadeer of Westgrove and Alistair Hayward Wright who runs accountancy firm Hayward Wright.
Mr Williams said: “We are surrounded by towns that have active programmes driven by BID funding through a levy on businesses and we need to tackle that to ensure Redditch prospers in the future and does not get left behind.
“Every businesses relies on relationships, it’s about interdependence not independence.”
Mrs Berry added: “The High Street is at the forefront nationally and we needed to ensure we were organised in a way that we could take advantage of the latest initiatives, so we’ve restructured and focused the resource we do have into driving things forward.
“To make a difference we need to come together and rethink Redditch.”
Businesses can sign up for free to join the partnership and help shape the future of the town centre through direct contact with the Town Team, at one of the quarterly partnership meetings open to all members or through one of the TCP’s sub-groups which include events and promotion, the nighttime economy and a landlord/property owners forum.
The group’s successes include supporting the creation of three new businesses in empty shops on Church Green East through the Pitch Your Plan scheme, establishing an events programme for the town centre, leading the regeneration of the entrance to Redditch Railway Station and playing a key role in the borough’s successful Britain in Bloom bid.
The group is set to be officially relaunched on Tuesday, October 8 at 5.30pm at St Stephen’s Church where more detail will be given on the partnership and its business plan over the next three years, including the festival programme for the 50th anniversary of Redditch New Town in 2014 which will be released to the public shortly.
Invitations have been sent to all town centre businesses this week. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or to register interest in attending the event.