‘Pos­i­tive’ meet­ing about town cen­tre strat­egy

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LO­CAL busi­nesses, res­i­dent and community groups were in­vited to a spe­cial Orm­skirk event to learn more about the work in­volved in the Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre Strat­egy and its aims to en­sure the area’s vi­brant fu­ture.

The event pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the town cen­tre to come to­gether and hear about the work cur­rently be­ing de­liv­ered by the Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment Group and how they can be­come in­volved in fu­ture events and new ini­tia­tives to en­hance the town cen­tre and in­crease foot­fall.

The event high­lighted how the in­di­vid­ual part­ners were work­ing to­gether within the group to im­prove the town cen­tre of­fer and en­cour­aged those who are pas­sion­ate about Orm­skirk to join forces to de­liver pos­i­tive mes­sages about the town, as well as get in­volved in up­com­ing events.

There were a num­ber of key speak­ers at the event in­clud­ing Leader of West Lan­cashire Bor­ough Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Ian Mo­ran; An­drea Smith, the store man­ager of Marks and Spencer; rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Orm­skirk Busi­ness Group; Orm­skirk Community Part­ner­ship and coun­cil staff.

The event high­lighted the pos­i­tive po­si­tion Orm­skirk is in hav­ing con­sis­tently higher foot­fall fig­ures on mar­ket days and lower empty shop va­cancy rates than the na­tional and re­gional av­er­age.

There was also a pre­sen­ta­tion in re­la­tion to the new Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre brand­ing, which has been de­vel­oped.

Ex­am­ples were shown of how the brand­ing can be used in a va­ri­ety of ways by dif­fer­ent busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to col­lec­tively pro­mote Orm­skirk.

An over­view was also pro­vided of a new web­site for Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre which is cur­rently be­ing de­vel­oped.

Cllr Mo­ran said: “Great strides have al­ready been made to de­liver im­prove­ments through the Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre Strat­egy and I am sure with the help of ev­ery­one who at­tended we can go from strength to strength.

“It was great to hear the ideas and pas­sion from so many lo­cal busi­nesses, and if there are oth­ers who didn’t at­tend who want to help en­sure Orm­skirk town cen­tre be­comes an even bet­ter place to live, work and visit then please con­tact us.”

An­drea Smith, Store Man­ager at Marks & Spencer said: “These are re­ally ex­cit­ing times for busi­nesses in Orm­skirk. M&S are look­ing for­ward to get­ting in­volved and help­ing to im­prove the town cen­tre.”

Dave Coyle owner of the Crick­eters in Orm­skirk said: “The room was full of pos­i­tive en­ergy and ideas and I am sure we can build on this mo­men­tum to en­sure that Orm­skirk con­tin­ues to thrive and adapt to meet the chang­ing needs of the town cen­tre.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre Strat­egy please visit www. west­lancs.gov.uk/ re­gen­er­a­tion

If you are a busi­ness who wants to find out more about the Orm­skirk Town Cen­tre Man­age­ment Group please con­tact the Coun­cil’s Eco­nomic Re­gen­er­a­tion team by email­ing lets. talk’west­lancs.gov.uk or by call­ing 01695 712 692.

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