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Business leaders’ bid to boost Macclesfield’s economy

By on November 23, 2010

A meeting of business leaders to discuss strategies to help revitalise the local economy has been hailed another success.

More than 80 people attended the latest business breakfast organised by Cheshire East Council, Macclesfield Chamber of Commerce and Macclesfield Chamber of Trade.

The event saw proposals to create an Economic Prosperity Forum to develop schemes to revitalise the town’s economy. Cheshire East Council Leader Wesley Fitzgerald, who addressed the meeting, suggested that a member of the new Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership be part of this forum.

The free business breakfast at Macclesfield Town FC (on Friday, November 19) was open to any Macclesfield business. It was co-chaired by Councillor Jamie Macrae, Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for prosperity, and Macclesfield MP David Rutley.

Presentations were given on several key initiatives. Mandy Fazelynia, of Macclesfield Chamber of Trade, gave a presentation on the town centre ice rink due to open over Christmas. Macclesfield Mayor Councillor David Neilson gave an update on next year’s celebrations to mark the 750th anniversary of the borough’s Royal Charter and Jason Patrick, of Verve Brands, gave a presentation on developing a brand identity for Macclesfield.

The event built on the highly-successful first two gatherings in July and September, which attracted more than 70 business movers and shakers to each event.

The latest meeting was also addressed by Macclesfield MP David Rutley. It included an update on the final report stage of proposals for an economic masterplan to regenerate and revitalise Macclesfield, which will be considered by Cheshire East Council’s Cabinet next month.

Cllr Macrae said: “The event was a great success and drew an excellent turnout of business people.

“It was very encouraging to see everyone’s commitment to taking positive steps to developing a strong, new brand image for Macclesfield to help further strengthen the local economy. There are a lot of creative ideas emerging and that’s exciting to see.”

The date of the next business breakfast is to be confirmed but, if you’d like to be notified of it so that you can reserve a place, email Cheshire East Council’s Jenny Anderson at: Jennifer.anderson@cheshireeast.gov.uk or ring her on 01270 375162.

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