Business leaders in Blackpool have been shown around the town’s new Talbot Gateway Central Business District.
Around 100 leading figures from across the town visited the Bickerstaffe Square offices for the bi-monthly Blackpool Business Leadership Group (BBLG) meeting and were given a talk by Muse Developments’ Andrew Barton about the regeneration project.
They were also addressed by Ian Collins, manager at the new Sainsbury’s store, which opens in July, about Fairtrade products as part of his work as a member of the Blackpool Fairness Commission.
Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “I know many business people were very interested to visit and I hope the Blackpool Business Leadership Group and companies throughout the town will understand the huge benefit the Talbot Gateway Central Business District brings.
“As well as completely transforming the area around Blackpool North Station which is, for many people, the entrance point to Blackpool, it will also bring more than 1,000 workers into the town centre, which will be a huge economic benefit.
“It is easy to forget that, just a few years ago, this area was hugely run down while it is now a modern, friendly area which is ripe for economic growth.”
Andy Barton, project manager at Muse Developments, said “Talbot Gateway CBD is an award-winning and ambitious project with great buildings, which is bringing about transformational change and a much needed boost for the town centre.
“Blackpool is a forward-thinking authority and, working in partnership with the council, we are already working on plans for the next phase, which we hope to be delivering soon to maintain development momentum.”
Ian Collins, a key figure in the Talbot Gateway Central Business District as manager of the new Sainsbury’s supermarket, also addressed businesses.
A keen member of Blackpool Fairness Commission, he has been working with council officers to help Blackpool achieve Fairtrade status.
He asked businesses to back the concept by stocking Fairtrade products.
He said: “I am really proud to be working with the Fairness Commission, local businesses and the council, looking at the opportunities to achieve Fairtrade status for Blackpool. With this particular project we will be able to deliver fairness, not just in Blackpool, but on an international scale.”
For more on Talbot Gateway Central Business District visit www.talbotgateway.com.