Tamworth town centre businesses invited to discuss regeneration plans at event

Aerial image of St Editha's Square in Tamworth27/09/21

Businesses based in Tamworth town centre are being invited to a special event where they will be able to learn more about the multi-million-pound regeneration projects planned over the next few years.

Leader of the Council, Jeremy Oates, and Cabinet member for economy, Daniel Cook, will host the event at Tamworth Assembly Rooms, together with members of the council’s Economic Development team, on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, from 6pm.

A variety of projects are underway to transform Tamworth town centre and restore it as the heart of the community. Town centre businesses are key to that journey and the vision for a revitalised high street that meets the demands of 21st century visitors and customers.

Businesses will be able to learn about the projects in more detail, with a particular focus on the Future High Streets Fund programme, which is set to completely transform parts of the town centre over the next three years.

They will also be invited to ask questions and get an idea of the new opportunities available as a result of the huge investment plans.

Cllr Jeremy Oates, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We all want Tamworth town centre to be as successful as it can be, but we know for that to happen it needs to adapt and evolve in response to changing shopping habits.

“We know the offer needs to be different; businesses told us as much when we carried out the Tamworth What’s Next engagement campaign in 2019, when they were invited to a meeting with the then Leader and now Cabinet member for economy, Cllr Cook.

“Thanks to that feedback and the support of businesses and landlords in the town, we’re now incredibly fortunate to be in a position to be able to bring about that change, thanks in large part to the £21m Future High Streets Funding.

“But for this success to happen, we all need to work together to promote the town and take advantage of the opportunities that it will bring.

“We’ve already seen increased interest in our town from investors resulting from word getting out about the exciting plans we have in store over the coming years.

“There’s no denying the change is going to be transformative, and there will also be some disruption along the way. We want to make sure town centre businesses are up to speed with the plans as we progress and this session is the start of that. I would encourage as many businesses as possible to spare a couple of hours or so on October 13 to find out all about the plans and how they can get involved.”

Cllr Daniel Cook added: “Hundreds of people took part in the Tamworth What’s Next consultation that I started back in 2019 and gave us their views on the town centre and their ideas on how it should evolve.

“This included a dedicated session attended by Tamworth businesses who were all committed to the future of the town. It was really useful and led to the formation of a new business group which we still work closely with. We’re hoping to strengthen those relationships as we progress with the town centre transformation.”

The overall aim of the Future High Streets Fund project is to restore the town centre as the heart of the community and make sure it meets the needs of 21st century shoppers, residents and businesses.

There are five core elements of the project:

  • The relocation of Tamworth College, part of South Staffordshire College, to a new building on the site of the Tamworth Co-operative Society department store
  • Refurbishment of the locally-listed part of the same building (the Colehill frontages) into a new enterprise centre for small businesses
  • Refurbishment and improvements to Middle Entry including a new semi-permanent structure for start-ups and niche businesses
  • The transformation of St Editha’s Square into a multi-purpose outdoor space
  • An improved entrance between the town centre and the Castle Grounds by enhancing the Castle Gatehouse area and adjoining Market Street properties.

More information about the Future High Streets Fund projects, including a range of FAQs, is available via our dedicated Future High Streets Fund website.

For more information about the business event on October 13, please email towncentre@tamworth.gov.uk. Doors to Tamworth Assembly Rooms in Corporation Street will open at 5.30pm, ahead of the event start at 6pm.