Working together for Morley

25 traders, town and district councillors and business stakeholders joined me this afternoon for a meeting to discuss Morley town centre. The meeting follows our first gathering in September to discuss how we could best secure the future of Morley town centre.

We had a really constructive meeting. It was great to hear that Morley continues to do well despite rising unemployment and other challenges affecting the wider economy. But times are tough and many traders, especially those who are new to the town, are telling me that they’re really up against it. That’s why it’s vital we all continue to work together to ensure Morley’s success continues. I’ll be continuing to work with the Morley Chamber as well as other stakeholders, town and district councillors and individual traders to do whatever I can to support our town.

Peter Cook from Land Securities at White Rose informed the meeting of the close partnership working that continued between White Rose and Morley town centre. He encouraged traders to take advantage of opportunities being offered by White Rose, including free advertising on screens around the White Rose centre and stall pitches at the shopping centre which are available to Morley businesses free of charge. Mr Cook also offered the expertise of his marketing team at White Rose to work alongside other experts. Some local traders who have been concerned about business in the town expressed enthusiasm to take up the offer from White Rose.

In the coming weeks and months we’ll be exploring a number of issues to get further input and advice. In particular we’ll be looking for some expertise to advise us on the evening economy in Morley and identifying Morley’s unique selling point. Another meeting is planned in the new year.

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Posted November 25th, 2011 by Ed

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